Thursday, January 27, 2022

Amaretto Sour Recipe

This amaretto sour recipe has only two ingredients but creates one incredible taste. Make it in a snap - it’s sure to become your “go-to” cocktail! 

An amaretto sour drink is the perfect cocktail to add to your repertoire. It’s so simple and classic - this no frills drink can be sipped in the sun with friends or enjoyed as a nightcap.

Plus, you’ll save the added expense of a night out on the town!

The best part about this recipe is how straightforward it is. If you have a decently stocked bar, you’re sure to already have everything you need on hand.

Looking for more simple cocktail recipes? Enjoy a classic rum and coke or this delicious Jack Daniel’s sweet tea. While I am a huge fan of over-the-top dessert and holiday themed cocktails, sometimes simplicity is truly the way to go.

Amaretto Sour Recipe in a glass

How To Make This Amaretto Sour Recipe

I doubt you’ll find an easier cocktail to whip up!

Add ice, DiSaronno® amaretto (my personal favorite), and your freshly squeezed lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

Shake well so it gets nice and chilled. Pour it into a glass, ice and all, and garnish with a slice of lemon!

amaretto sour drink ingredients

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Keep that bold flavor. Make ice cubes out of lemon juice or sour mix to avoid a watered down drink.
  • Use fresh juice! Bottled lemon juice tends to have an unpleasant aftertaste. Trust me, it’s worth it to squeeze your own!
  • Sweeten it up. Adding a bit of simple syrup to your amaretto sour recipe will take the edge off of the bitter taste.
  • No cocktail shaker? No worries! You can easily use a mason jar with a lid or two glasses stacked together just like the pros do.
  • Add soda. If the flavor is too strong for you, top it off with a lemon-lime soda so it’s a bit softer on your palette. 
  • Make it look good. You can garnish your DiSaronno sour with a slice of lemon, lime, or orange. Even a maraschino cherry will do!
juicing a lemon into a cup

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Cocktail Shaker - I’ve had this one for years and it always gets the job done!
  • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which makes juicing lemons so much easier.
  • High Ball Glasses - These are my favorite.
  • Large Pitcher - This 80-ounce pitcher will let your drink be the star of the show.
adding amaretto into a shaker

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What is amaretto?

It is an Italian almond-flavored liqueur. Despite it’s nutty flavor, it does not contain any nuts!

It is made with the kernels from inside apricot pits, which produces an extremely distinct flavor that is both sweet and bitter.

Can I make this amaretto sour drink ahead of time?

Yes! If this is your contribution to a gathering, you can pre-batch them individually or fix a large pitcher so guests can pour their own.

Also, put together a tray of garnish options so they can really make each drink their own!

What does a DiSaronno sour taste like?

It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, like a boozy version of the perfect lemonade. Even better, you can easily adjust the amounts to suit your preference for either flavor.

pouring amaretto sour recipe from shaker


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Author: Donna Elick
Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto Sour Recipe

This amaretto sour recipe has only two ingredients but creates one incredible taste. Make it in a snap - it’s sure to become your “go-to” cocktail!
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 2 ounces DiSaronno Amaretto
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • lemon (or lime) slice for garnish


  1. Add ice, amaretto and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve (pouring ice into glass with drink). Garnish with lemon slice.
  2. Enjoy and repeat as desired!

Amaretto Sour Recipe closeup

Originally published May 2012, updated and republished January 2022

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  1. Oooh, this drink brings back some memories for me. I didn't realize it was such a simple drink. The picture is gorgeous!

  2. I adore Amaretto as well. I would love to sip this on my patio.

  3. this drink looks so refreshing, it would really hit the spot!
    Mary x

  4. Yup. There's a reason why they're classics and have withstood the test of time...

  5. Even though it's only Thursday night here, I am definitely making this tonight. Friday is just too far.

  6. Refreshing to the palate...Love the rinse every now and often. Loves its unique taste!

  7. Oh yes pls. I have a tree bursting with plump juicy lemons and a bottle of ameretto in the cupboard.

    That's tonight's drink on the terrace, sat next to the pool, sorted, thanks. Can't wait.

  8. Una buona giornata e felice fine settimana....ciao

  9. I like how you do a lot of classics. This looks great. We're doing tequila sunrises tonight, which made us think of you, might have to make one of these too.


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