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How to make the best Amaretto Sour

Updated on September 20, 2012
Amaretto Sour
Amaretto Sour

What is Amaretto?

Amaretto is an almond-flavoured liquer, originating from Italy. Made from almonds or apricot pits, it is used to flavour cakes, biscuits, the famous Tiramisu dessert as well as Chicken Amaretto

The true origin of Amaretto is unknown but is it commonly associated with the Italian town of Saronno. The most popular brand of Amaretto is Disaronno Originale – although it is said that no almonds or apricot pits are used in the secret ingredients.

This almond flavoured tasting drink is commonly used in both mixers or served with ice. The word Amaretto is derives from with the phrase ’some-what bitter’ as it has a slightly bitter after-taste.

The legend that is associated with this popular liquer dates back to the early 16th century. The Renaissance painter Bernandino Luini ( a student of Leonard Da Vinci) was asked to undertake a Madonna fresco for the Sana Maria delle Grazie church. It is said he used a widow as his model and with whom he fell in love and they became lovers. As a gesture of her love for him she created the drink Amaretto.

Today Amaretto is made from Apricot kernel oil which is infused with alcohol, burnt sugar and a combination of both herbs and fruits. Apricot pits make up the base of the drink.

Ingredients for Amaretto Sour:

2oz (60ml) of Amaretto Liquer

2oz ( 60ml) of fresh Lemon juice - you can use more or less so long as the amaretto and lemon juice are of equal amounts

1 - 2 splashes of Angostura Bitters

1 Maraschino cherry

1 slice of lemon

·How to make Amaretto Sour:

  • ·Pour Amaretto into a glass
  • ·Add equal amounts of fresh lemon juice
  • ·Add 1-2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • ·Fill Cocktail mixer with ice and shake
  • ·Pour into a chilled glass and decorate with a Maraschino cherry and slice of lemon..


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