Amaretto Sour Cocktail Drink

Amaretto Sour

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The Amaretto Sour recipe is easy to make and combines just a few ingredients for a flavorful and refreshing drink.

Best Amaretto Sour Recipe

Sip into relaxation with this easy and simple Amaretto Sour recipe! Loaded with Amaretto, a splash of lemon, and a hint of sweetness, it's the ideal drink for chilling out.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

174 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Amaretto
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your rocks glass with cubed ice
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour ¾ oz fresh lemon juice into the mix.
  • Add Amaretto: Measure and pour 1½ oz Amaretto.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain and Pour: Use a strainer to pour the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice or cherry as garnish.

Notes

Substitutes

  • Amaretto: I've run out of Amaretto before, and I used homemade almond syrup, but it won't contain alcohol. So add a spirit of your choice.
  • Lemon Juice: If you're out of fresh lemons, you can opt for bottled lemon juice. Just know that fresh lemon juice will always yield better flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: You can dissolve sugar in equally hot water if you don't have simple syrup. Make sure to cool it before using it in the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Amaretto Sour

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Amaretto, 6 oz of fresh lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic

  • Amaretto Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic almond syrup instead of Amaretto.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic substitute.

Making it Vegan

  • Simple Syrup: Make sure to use vegan-friendly sugar when making your simple syrup. Most white granulated sugar should work, but it's best to double-check.
  • Garnish: Opt for a lemon slice instead of a cherry if your cherries are preserved in a non-vegan-friendly syrup.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
174
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Potassium
 
44
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

Amaretto Sour Cocktail Drink

Best Amaretto Sour Recipe

3 from 1 vote
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Sip into relaxation with this easy and simple Amaretto Sour recipe! Loaded with Amaretto, a splash of lemon, and a hint of sweetness, it's the ideal drink for chilling out.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 174

Ingredients
 

  • oz Amaretto
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your rocks glass with cubed ice
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour ¾ oz fresh lemon juice into the mix.
  • Add Amaretto: Measure and pour 1½ oz Amaretto.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain and Pour: Use a strainer to pour the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice or cherry as garnish.

Notes

Substitutes

  • Amaretto: I've run out of Amaretto before, and I used homemade almond syrup, but it won't contain alcohol. So add a spirit of your choice.
  • Lemon Juice: If you're out of fresh lemons, you can opt for bottled lemon juice. Just know that fresh lemon juice will always yield better flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: You can dissolve sugar in equally hot water if you don't have simple syrup. Make sure to cool it before using it in the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Amaretto Sour

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Amaretto, 6 oz of fresh lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic

  • Amaretto Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic almond syrup instead of Amaretto.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic substitute.

Making it Vegan

  • Simple Syrup: Make sure to use vegan-friendly sugar when making your simple syrup. Most white granulated sugar should work, but it's best to double-check.
  • Garnish: Opt for a lemon slice instead of a cherry if your cherries are preserved in a non-vegan-friendly syrup.

 

What is an Amaretto Sour Cocktail?

Amaretto Sour is an almond-flavored cocktail that combines Amaretto, lemon juice, and simple syrup. This drink has a sweet and tangy profile that makes it a crowd-pleaser. While it might sound sophisticated, you don’t need to be a cocktail expert to appreciate it. The name ‘Sour’ comes from its pleasing sweet and tart elements balance. A side shot of an Amaretto Sour cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster with a bar spoon on the side placed on a turquoise table and in front of a yellow wall..

What is an Amaretto Sour made of – The ingredients

An Amaretto Sour consists of the following ingredients:

  • Amaretto: Provides the almond-based flavor that defines the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds the tangy kick, balancing the sweetness of Amaretto.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink, rounding out the tartness of the lemon juice.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the ingredients to make the drink refreshing.
  • Lemon Slice or Cherry: Serves as a garnish, adding a visual appeal and a subtle extra flavor.

Amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make an Amaretto Sour?

Our step-by-step guide takes you through the process of making an Amaretto Sour:

1
<p>Start by filling an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.</p>

Start by filling an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.

2
<p>Measure and pour ½ oz of simple syrup into the shaker, balancing the tartness of the lemon juice and sweeten the mix.</p>

Measure and pour ½ oz of simple syrup into the shaker, balancing the tartness of the lemon juice and sweeten the mix.

3
<p>Add ¾ oz of fresh lemon juice to introduce a tangy contrast to the Amaretto.</p>

Add ¾ oz of fresh lemon juice to introduce a tangy contrast to the Amaretto.

4
<p>Measure and pour 1½ oz of Amaretto, establishing the almond-flavored base for the cocktail.</p>

Measure and pour 1½ oz of Amaretto, establishing the almond-flavored base for the cocktail.

5
<p>Fill up your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill up your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, thoroughly combining all the flavors.</p>

Seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, thoroughly combining all the flavors.

7
<p>Use a strainer to pour the shaken mixture into the Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice, separating the liquid from the ice in the shaker.</p>

Use a strainer to pour the shaken mixture into the Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice, separating the liquid from the ice in the shaker.

8
<p>Garnish the drink with a lemon slice or cherry, adding a final visual and flavorful touch.</p>

Garnish the drink with a lemon slice or cherry, adding a final visual and flavorful touch.

9
<p>Enjoy the cocktail!</p>

Enjoy the cocktail!

No Egg Amaretto Sour

Skipping the egg white in an Amaretto Sour is a solid choice, especially if you do not like frothy cocktails or have dietary restrictions. Without the egg white, the focus stays on the core ingredients: Amaretto, lemon juice, and simple syrup. You get a clear, straightforward drink where the nutty sweetness of the Amaretto and the tartness of the lemon shine. Plus, you avoid the extra step of a dry shake, making your cocktail prep quicker. Just combine your ingredients, shake with ice, and serve.

What is a Disaronno Sour (Amaretto Sour)?

Disaronno Sour is a variation using Disaronno as the specific brand of Amaretto liqueur. This drink emphasizes the nutty, sweet flavors of Disaronno, balanced with the tartness of lemon juice and a touch of simple syrup. It’s often served over ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnished with a lemon slice or cherry. The use of Disaronno sets it apart by offering a consistent, signature flavor that fans of the brand appreciate.

Amaretto Sour with Sprite

Adding Sprite introduces refreshing and a bit more sweetness. It’s a quick hack that can make the drink more accessible for those new to cocktails or if you’re out of lemons. Major brands like Coca-Cola’s Sprite or PepsiCo’s Sierra Mist are widely available and do the job. However, you might opt for Fever-Tree’s Lemonade for a cleaner taste with fewer additives. It’s less sweet than typical lemon-lime sodas, allowing the Amaretto flavor to stay front and center. Just mix your Amaretto and Sprite, add a bit of ice, and you’ve got a bubbly, sweeter version of the classic.

An Amaretto Sour cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster with a bar spoon on the side placed on a turquoise table.

Amaretto Sour Variations

Looking for more variations? Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Cherry Amaretto Sour: This mix combines amaretto’s rich, almond flavor with tart cherry. The cherry pairs perfectly with the nutty amaretto, creating a well-balanced taste. I love how the tangy cherry adds excitement to every sip, making it a delightful experience.
  • Blood Orange Amaretto Sour: In this blend, the deep citrus of blood orange joins the sweet amaretto. The blood orange adds a bold and slightly bitter touch, which nicely contrasts with the smooth amaretto. I really enjoy the refreshing twist the robust blood orange brings, energizing my taste buds.
  • Amaretto Stone Sour: This combination mixes amaretto with the sweet and slightly tart flavors of various stone fruits. The fruits add a natural sweetness, enhancing the amaretto’s rich taste.
  • Amaretto Whiskey Sour: Here, the bold, oak-aged character of whiskey meets the sweet amaretto. The whiskey’s warmth and depth create a balanced and complex flavor, complementing the sweet amaretto with a smoky hint.
  • Apple Cider Amaretto Sour: Amaretto and apple cider come together for a cozy, autumn feel. The crisp, fresh taste of apple cider matches the sweet amaretto. I particularly like the comforting essence of apple cider in this mix; it brings back memories of crisp autumn days and adds a warm, homey touch.

History and Origin of the Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto Sour has roots in the United States and gained popularity in the 1940s and 1950s, although the exact origin remains a bit murky. The cocktail builds upon the already well-known sour formula, which combines a spirit, a sweetener, and a citrus element. In this case, Amaretto, an almond-flavored liqueur from Italy, serves as the base spirit.

The Amaretto itself has a longer history, tracing back to 16th-century Italy. One popular legend claims it was created by a Saronno widow who captured the likeness of her late husband in a painting. She distilled apricot kernels with brandy to show her appreciation, producing the first Amaretto. This romantic story lends an air of timeless appeal to the liqueur, eventually reaching various cocktails, including the Amaretto Sour.

As cocktails like the Whiskey Sour gained popularity in America, bartenders and home mixologists began experimenting with other spirits. Amaretto naturally fits into the sour template with its sweet, nutty profile. The drink started appearing on cocktail menus and in bartending guides, solidifying its place in cocktail culture.

A side shot of an Amaretto Sour cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster with a bar spoon on the side placed on a turquoise table with two half lemons behind and in front of a yellow wall.

More Sour Cocktails

Several well-known sour cocktails are popular around the world. Here are some of them:

Whiskey Sour: A classic cocktail made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar, often garnished with a cherry or lemon slice.

Margarita: A famous Mexican cocktail consisting of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, typically served with salt on the rim of the glass.

Daiquiri: A simple but refreshing drink with rum, lime juice, and sugar.

Pisco Sour: A Peruvian or Chilean cocktail containing Pisco (a type of brandy), lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters.

Sidecar: A sophisticated drink combining brandy or Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.

Gimlet: A gin-based cocktail mixed with lime juice and sometimes simple syrup.

Tom Collins: A refreshing mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water.

Lemon Drop Martini: A vodka-based cocktail with lemon juice, triple sec, and sugar, often served with a sugared rim.

Sour Apple Martini: A variation of the martini with a sour punch, made with sour apple schnapps, vodka, and lemon juice.

Clover Club: A classic cocktail with gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white.

New York Sour: This is a variation of the classic Whiskey Sour, topped with a float of red wine.

Midori Sour: A sweet and sour cocktail made with Midori melon liqueur, lemon juice, and sometimes vodka or sours mix.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Amaretto Sour?
It contains around 250-300 calories.
How strong is an Amaretto Sour in terms of ABV and proof?
The cocktail typically has an ABV of around 20-25% and would be around 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in an Amaretto Sour?
Amaretto liqueur serves as the main alcohol in this drink.
In what type of glass is an Amaretto Sour typically served?
It's usually served in an Old Fashioned glass.
What does an Amaretto Sour taste like?
The drink has a sweet and tangy flavor profile thanks to the Amaretto and lemon juice mix.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Amaretto Sour?
Generally, it's 1½ oz of Amaretto, ¾ oz of lemon juice, and ½ oz of simple syrup.
How is it served in terms of ice?
The cocktail is usually served over ice cubes in an Old Fashioned glass.

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