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When was the God Father Invented

The exact origin of the Godfather cocktail is unclear, but it is believed to have been created in the 1970s. The drink’s name is a reference to the classic 1972 movie “The Godfather,” which starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

The Godfather cocktail is a simple but delicious cocktail that consists of just two ingredients: scotch whiskey and amaretto liqueur. The combination of these two ingredients creates a smooth and slightly sweet cocktail with a subtle almond flavor.

While the exact origin of the Godfather cocktail is unknown, it is believed to have been popularized in the United States in the 1970s and has remained a classic cocktail ever since.

What You Need

  • Scotch whisky
  • Peated whisky (optional)
  • Disaronno originale

How to Make a God Father

  • Fill a rocks glass with ice to chill it.
  • In a separate mixing glass or shaker, combine 2 oz of Scotch whisky and 1/2 oz of amaretto liqueur.
  • Add ice to the mixing glass or shaker and stir or shake until the ingredients are well combined and chilled.
  • Discard the ice from the chilled rocks glass.
  • Strain the mixed ingredients into the chilled rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange peel (optional).
  • Serve and enjoy your Godfather cocktail!

Note: Some people prefer to build the drink directly in the rocks glass by adding the Scotch and amaretto to the ice, stirring to combine, and garnishing with a twist of lemon or orange peel.

Tip For Making a God Father

  • Choose the right type of Scotch: A good Scotch whisky is key to making a great Godfather cocktail. Opt for a blended Scotch whisky that is not too peaty or smoky, as this can overpower the sweetness of the amaretto. A mellow or medium-bodied Scotch, such as a Speyside or Highland whisky, is a good choice.
  • Use good quality amaretto liqueur: Choose a high-quality amaretto liqueur that has a smooth and sweet almond flavor. Avoid any liqueur that tastes too artificial or has a strong, overpowering flavor.
  • Chill the glass: Fill the rocks glass with ice and let it chill for a few minutes before making the cocktail. This will help keep the drink cool and prevent it from getting diluted by melting ice.
  • Use a mixing glass or shaker: Using a separate mixing glass or shaker to combine the Scotch and amaretto will help ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and chilled.
  • Stir, don’t shake: The Godfather is traditionally stirred, not shaken. Stir the Scotch and amaretto together gently to avoid bruising the whisky and to ensure that the flavors are well combined.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange: A simple twist of lemon or orange peel can add a fresh, citrusy aroma and flavor to the cocktail, making it even more enjoyable.
  • Experiment with proportions: If you find the cocktail too sweet, try reducing the amount of amaretto. If you prefer a stronger almond flavor, increase the amount of amaretto. Experiment with the proportions until you find the perfect balance of sweet and smooth.

Frequently asked questions

What type of glass is best for serving a Godfather cocktail?

A rocks glass or an Old Fashioned glass is traditionally used for serving a Godfather cocktail. These glasses are short and wide, and can hold ice and the mixed drink comfortably.

Can I substitute Scotch whisky with another type of whisky?

The Godfather cocktail traditionally calls for Scotch whisky, but you can substitute it with other types of whisky, such as bourbon or rye whisky, if you prefer. However, keep in mind that the taste and character of the cocktail may change depending on the type of whisky used.

What is amaretto liqueur and what does it taste like?

Amaretto liqueur is an Italian sweet liqueur that is made from almonds or apricot pits, along with other flavorings such as vanilla or cinnamon. It has a sweet, nutty, and slightly bitter flavor and aroma.

Can I use another type of nut liqueur instead of amaretto?

Yes, you can experiment with other types of nut liqueurs, such as hazelnut liqueur or walnut liqueur, instead of amaretto. Keep in mind that the flavor of the cocktail will change accordingly.

Is the Godfather cocktail typically served with ice or without?

The Godfather cocktail is typically served on the rocks, which means it is served over ice. This helps to chill the drink and dilute it slightly, which can help to balance the flavors.

What is the difference between a Godfather and a Godmother cocktail? 

A Godfather cocktail is made with Scotch whisky and amaretto liqueur, while a Godmother cocktail is made with vodka and amaretto liqueur.


God Father

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

The Godfather, a classic whiskey-based cocktail, is also more popular because of the movie "The Godfather", which is said to be a cocktail belonging to a mature man. The recipe is scotch with almond liqueur. The Godfather of video is a smoked version of the Godfather, so not only uses the oak smoke method, but also adds a peat-flavored Scotch whisky, which makes the whole drink smokier and thicker! A dual experience of taste and smell.


  • ⅓oz Peated whisky
  • 1 oz Scotch whisky
  • ⅔ oz disaronno originale


Place oak wood chips in the fumigator, snap on a old fashion glass, light the oak wood chips and let the smoke fill the glass. Let stand for a few moments and then add ice cubes to the glass. Pour the above ingredients into the glass in turn and stir gently to combine. Fragrance and garnish with orange peel.


Some people prefer to build the drink directly in the rocks glass by adding the Scotch and amaretto to the ice, stirring to combine, and garnishing with a twist of lemon or orange peel.

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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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