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Old Fashioned Cocktail Amaretto Sour

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When was the Amaretto Sour Invented

The exact origin of the Amaretto Sour cocktail is unknown, but it is believed to have been invented in the mid-20th century.

Amaretto, the almond-flavored liqueur that gives the drink its distinctive flavor, has been produced in Italy for centuries. The addition of lemon or lime juice to the sweet liqueur is a common practice, and the cocktail’s popularity has led to many variations and adaptations of the recipe.

Today, the Amaretto Sour is a classic cocktail that can be found on the menu of many bars and restaurants around the world.

What You Need

  • Amaretto liqueur
  • fresh lemon juice
  • simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water ratio)
  • Ice
  • Garnish: orange slice and maraschino cherry (optional)

How to Make a Amaretto Sour

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add Amaretto liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds, until the cocktail is well chilled and mixed.
  • Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

Tip For Making a Amaretto Sour

  • Use fresh lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice has a brighter and more vibrant flavor than bottled juice. Be sure to use fresh lemons to get the best flavor for your cocktail.
  • Adjust the sweetness: The amount of simple syrup you use can vary depending on your taste preferences. If you like a sweeter cocktail, add a bit more simple syrup. If you prefer a tarter flavor, use less.
  • Use good quality ingredients: Since the Amaretto Sour is a simple cocktail, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients to get the best flavor. Use a good quality Amaretto liqueur and fresh citrus juice for the best results.
  • Shake well: To get a well-mixed and frothy cocktail, shake the ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker for at least 10-15 seconds. This will ensure that the ingredients are well combined and the drink is properly chilled.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and cherry: The orange and cherry garnish is optional, but it adds a nice touch to the cocktail. The orange slice adds a bright and fresh flavor, while the cherry provides a pop of color and sweetness.

Frequently asked questions

Is Amaretto sour a girly drink?

The Amaretto Sour is a popular cocktail that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender. It has a sweet and tart flavor that appeals to many people, and is a classic cocktail that has been around for many years.

What does Amaretto taste like?

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur that has a slightly nutty taste. It’s made from a blend of almond and apricot pits, and has a rich, sweet flavor with a hint of marzipan.

Can I use lime instead of lemon in an Amaretto Sour?

Yes, you can use lime instead of lemon in an Amaretto Sour for a slightly different flavor. The lime will add a brighter and more acidic taste to the cocktail.

Can I make a pitcher of Amaretto Sour?

Yes, you can easily make a pitcher of Amaretto Sour by scaling up the recipe. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want to make, and mix everything in a pitcher. Be sure to taste and adjust the sweetness and tartness to your liking.

What other cocktails can I make with Amaretto?

Amaretto is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many cocktails, including the Godfather, the Italian Margarita, and the Almond Joy. It can also be used in coffee drinks and dessert cocktails, such as the Amaretto Coffee and the Amaretto Sour Cream.

Old Fashioned Cocktail Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes

The Amaretto Sour (Almond Sour) is a classic cocktail, and it can also be said that it is a new type of sour cocktail. The Amaretto Sour incorporates the unique flavor and taste of almond liqueur, and the addition of lemon juice and syrup gives the whole cocktail a sweet and sour taste, while the egg whites can be added or not added according to personal preferences!


  • 1½ oz amaretto
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz syrup (optional addition)
  • half a pasteurized egg white
  • chopped almond decoration


Combine the amaretto, lemon juice, sugar and egg whites in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and shake until chilled. Pour into a chilled sour glass and garnish with chopped almonds.

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About Robin Lee

Robin is author, photographer, and cocktail enthusiast. He has a passion for life, love of mixology, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Robin’s cocktails are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. He’s always pushing the boundaries of mixology and loves to experiment with unique ingredients and techniques. With Robin’s guidance, you can learn the art of mixology and create cocktails that are sure to impress.

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