The Amaretto Sour belongs to a family of mixed drinks known as “sours.” This category of cocktail recipes are has at least one liquor (or liqueur), plus lemon or lime juice (the sour part) and a sweetener. They include classics like the Margarita, Sidecar and Whiskey Sour. The smooth, sweet taste of an Amaretto Sour makes it ideal for occasional drinkers as well as more dedicated cocktail fans.
The flavor of amaretto dominates this drink, so the Amaretto Sour clashes with some recipes. You can definitely enjoy this drink all by itself. Or you can serve it with salty bar snacks, or mildly sweet desserts like tiramisu, cheesecake or a chocolate croissant.
For a special touch, garnish this one with Luxardo maraschino cherries. They represent a big upgrade compared to the ones you get for 99 cents at the grocery store. They have a rich, complex taste. Seriously, I never liked maraschino cherries, but these taste almost like a regular picked cherry, rather than one that’s been sitting in syrup for ages.
For the amaretto, I recommend the classic brand, Disaronno. I enjoy other amarettos, but always come back to Disaronno because there’s something a little more complex and fresh tasting about it, compared to some other brands.
Amaretto Sour Recipe
- 2 ounces amaretto
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- Optional: granulated sugar for the rim (or about 1 teaspoon)
- Luxardo maraschino cherries
There are two ways to make this drink.
#1: Rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass with lemon juice. Dip it into a pile of granulated sugar several times until the rim is covered with sugar. Shake the amaretto and lemon juice without ice. Strain into the glass over ice. Finally, garnish with a maraschino cherry. An orange round makes a nice additional garnish.
#2: Shake the amaretto, lemon juice and teaspoon of granulated sugar in a strainer without ice. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into it. Finally, garnish with an orange round and/or maraschino cherry.