Amaretto liqueur tastes like sweet almond or cherry. It’s an absolutely delicious taste, and once you’ve had it you never forget it.
You’ll love this list of some of the best amaretto cocktails, including the classic amaretto sour many others. There’s a little of everything, from little known amaretto coffee drinks to the classics like the Amaretto Sour and Toasted Almond.
Many of these classic amaretto cocktails are truly drink recipes for any occasion. They’re just as good enjoyed at home as they are in a bar or at a party.
Best Amaretto Cocktails
The recipe for an Amaretto Sour is mostly sweet with enough sour to make it interesting. It's a classic cocktail featuring amaretto and lemon juice.
The Toasted Almond Cocktail is a classic drink recipe featuring two liqueurs and cream. It's rich and sweet - enough to be a dessert replacement.
The Nilla Wafer Martini blends the flavors of vanilla and amaretto to taste like the cookie after which it's named. It's not as sweet as you might imagine, which makes it a nice drink to enjoy before dinner.
The Checkerboard cocktail is another variation on that noble tradition: cocktails that taste like chocolate milkshakes. This one uses amaretto for a distinctive touch. All milkshakes should be so blessed. Enjoy a Checkerboard whenever you want a chocolate milkshake with a kick.
The Amaretto Stone Sour cocktail mixes amaretto with sour mix and orange juice. The result is sweet, nutty and tart, with the citrus dominating and the sweet nuttiness coming in a close second.
The Pumpkin Pie Shot tastes reasonably similar to a pumpkin pie. It blends Irish cream with amaretto and cinnamon schnapps, so you get something of the heavy sweetness and spice that the name implies.
The Alabama Slammer is a classic cocktail recipe featuring Southern Comfort. It's also got amaretto, orange juice and sloe gin, so it's a sweet, fruity drink that's hard not to love.
The Red Frog is a great tasting drink that features raspberry and cranberry flavors with amaretto and whiskey. It's best served chilled. Your taste buds will thank you.
When you look at a drink recipe that features white chocolate liqueur and amaretto, you just don’t have to ask whether it’s going to taste good, do you? The Magic Flute, named after the Mozart opera because it features Mozart brand white chocolate liqueur.
The Amaretto Rose has nothing to do with roses. Strangely, it does have to do with lime. But most importantly, it’s got a lot to do with amaretto. A whole delicious jigger of it. Drinks involving amaretto, like the B-52, are usually among the sweetest treats in the cocktail world.
The Flaming Dr. Pepper gets its name from the fact that you light it on fire before serving. It really does taste kind of like (warm) Dr. Pepper.
The Lunchbox cocktail blends orange juice, beer, Southern Comfort and amaretto. It's sweet and surprisingly tasty.
The Almond Grove cocktail is pure deliciousness. It features the flavors of almond, coconut and cocoa, so it’s almost like an Almond Joy in a glass with a kick.
The Full Moon cocktail is very simple, with just two delicious liqueurs: amaretto and orange curacao. The sweetness of the almond flavor mellows the tartness of the orange without dulling the citrus notes too much.
The Five Aces cocktail blends an intriguing combination of flavors: almond, a hint of apricot and sour apple. This is one shot that deserves to be sipped rather than tipped. This drink is a nice choice anytime you feel like having a shot that actually tastes good.
The Crystal Cranberry is very smooth and drinkable – a nice choice for light drinkers who aren’t really used to the taste of alcohol. But it also suits experienced drinkers. It’s tasty without being full of sweet liqueurs or simple sugar.
The Brain Teaser cocktail is a sweet little shot featuring almond and peach liqueurs with cream to round it all out. Thanks to the cream, it’s a bit light on the alcohol compared to some shots. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a White Russian, given the richness of the cream and liqueurs together.
If you ever had one of those Orange Cappuccinos from those International Coffee powders in a tin, this is the really yummy and alcoholic version of it.
The Midnight Oil shot got its name from its appearance: it looks a little like oil. It’s basically three parts amaretto to one part Jägermeister. This shooter is better savored than chugged. The flavor in this one is nutty and sweet with notes of mint and black licorice in the background, coming from the Jägermeister.
The Broken Down Golf Cart is a delicious cocktail featuring the flavors of melon and almond with a little lime juice to cut the sweetness.
The Almond Chocolate Coffee cocktail blends amaretto, creme de cacao and hot coffee. The result is just what the name implies – an almond chocolate coffee drink that’s hard to resist.
The Italian Nut cocktail blends orange with the flavors of amaretto and coconut and just a touch of berry. It’s a sweet, fruity little drink that hits the spot. This drink is just perfect for the poolside or anytime you want to cool down.
The Windjammer cocktail blends pineapple and orange with amaretto for a taste that’s mostly fruit but also a little bit almond. This is a very tasty drink that doesn’t need any acquired taste. This drink is not very strong, and that fact combined with the fruit juice makes it a great
The Soul Taker is an easy little drink featuring vodka, tequila and amaretto. It can be an acquired taste, but it's a lot of fun.
If you love savoring a drink that’s hard to pin down, where all the flavors blend so well into a
strange new one that you can’t quite isolate the ingredients, that’s a Cactus Juice.
Have you ever had almonds with apples? It’s a great pairing, and the basis of Bri’s Almond Cider, which blends equal parts amaretto and apple cider. The flavor of Bri’s Almond Cider is pretty sweet, but the tang in the apple cider rescues it from being as candy-like as, say, a B-52.
The Eggnog Martini recipe takes ordinary eggnog and mixes it with vanilla vodka, amaretto and more. The result is a lighter version of eggnog with a wonderful flavor.
The Buttered Toffee drink recipe blends Kahlua, amaretto, Bailey's and creamer. It's a rich, sweet drink that tastes better than candy.
The Rasmaretto drink recipe blends sweet almond, raspberry and lemon flavors into a surprisingly wonderful combination.
The Coconut Pineapple Martini is a light, refreshing drink with all the flavors of a heavier Pina Colada. When you're in the mood for something tropical but sharp and vibrant, this is the drink you want.
The Kriss is a cognac cocktail along the lines of the Stinger. It’s long and strong, and not too sweet with the vermouth to balance out the amaretto.
The Grizzly Bear cocktail is surprisingly gentle. Doesn’t really have a bite at all. You may be wondering about the Jägermeister parked there in the middle of sweet rich liqueurs and milk, but herbal liqueurs are marrying ingredients. That is, somehow, despite their flavor sounding so wrong for the job, they bring all the other flavors together.
Mixy's Rum and Coke takes the standard Rum and Coke up a level. This twist on a classic cocktail adds adds amaretto to bring out the almond-cherry flavor of the cola. You can make it with regular or diet cola.
The Fat Cat cocktail is just kind of amazing. The flavors of banana, almond and Irish cream do fantastic things together. If you’ve ever had really good banana pudding on a graham cracker crust, you begin to get the idea. It’s just fantastic.
I know, I know. You hear the phrase Mama Mia and immediately “Bohemian Rhapsody” gets stuck in your head. It’s okay. Take five and hum a few bars. Or is that just me? I can’t get rid of the song. But at least it’s a good song, so there’s that.
The Foreplay Cocktail is a very simple shooter cocktail featuring the flavors of almond and pineapple. It’s a sweet, rich, intoxicating combination. This is a very weak shot, since the only alcohol in it is a half ounce of liqueur.
Like most drinks featuring amaretto and Kahlua, the Indian Summer cocktail is all about flavor. It’s served as a shot, but it’s definitely not one you need to chug. The Indian Summer cocktail tastes like a black coffee with almond flavored syrup, only richer due to the more complex flavors of the Kahlua.
There are a lot of very different drinks out there called “Nutcracker cocktail”. This is the
version I found in an old book, and I’m guessing it’s the original. It blends the the flavors of coffee, almond, orange and caramel.
The Amaretto Shake is just what it sounds like: an almond-chocolate milk shake, grown-up style. It’s so smooth you might not notice the two ounces of brandy. Like any blended drink, this one is great for cooling off.
The Cramit cocktail may sound rude, but it’s nothing but smooth. It blends amaretto with cranberry juice, and that’s a surprisingly nice combination. The sharpness of the cranberry and the mellow sweetness of the amaretto turn out to complement one another beautifully.
The Amaretto Colada is basically a Piña Colada with the addition of almond liqueur. This adds a rich, sweet, nutty flavor to the traditional pineapple and coconut.
The Kristy is a super-sweet cocktail, so consider yourself warned. That said, it’s a really nice collection of flavors that play well with each other. The dominant flavor here is the pineapple, but ginger adds some spiciness while the amaretto makes it richer and sweeter.
The Silver Cloud tastes like a mocha latte with amaretto syrup. It’s sweet and creamy, with a nice rich taste. This is a great drink for when you actually need something to fill you up a little – that’s where the milk comes in.
The Royal Scandal is equal parts Crown Royal, Southern Comfort and amaretto with splashes of sour mix (or lemon juice, if you prefer) and pineapple juice.
The Brown Eye Opener is one of those creamy butterscotch-colored drinks that you just know are going to be tasty and sweet. To the usual suspects – amaretto, Kahlua and Baileys – this one adds Everclear and butterscotch schnapps for added yum.
The Stone Sour is a slightly frothy blend of almond and lemon flavors. It’s not too far from an Amaretto Sour in flavor, but with less alcohol. This drink is sweet and sour, with the egg white taking the edges off both flavors.
The Italian Amaretto Margarita recipe is a blended margarita that’s easiest to make in batches that serve four. It adds amaretto to the familiar margarita flavors of lime and orange, with a little sugar.