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.
Amaretto Sour Recipe
I doubt you’ll find an easier cocktail to whip up than this one!
The best part about this DiSaronno sour 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 a refreshing Jack Daniel’s sweet tea.
While I am a huge fan of over-the-top dessert cocktails and holiday themed cocktails, sometimes simplicity is truly the way to go.
How to Make an Amaretto Sour
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!
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Cocktails
- 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. Including some simple syrup with the 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 amaretto sour with a slice of lemon, lime, or orange. Even a maraschino cherry will do!
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
- Large Pitcher – This 80-ounce pitcher will let your drink be the star of the show.
Variations to Try
- Add bourbon. Cuts down the sweetness and fills out the drink.
- Amaretto Stone Sour: Follow the same recipe, but add orange juice.
- Include egg white. A common cocktail addition, this adds body and creates a creamy froth.
Shake the drink with one egg white, but be sure to use a pasteurized egg!
- Whiskey Sour: Swap the almond liqueur with your favorite whiskey or bourbon.
- Non-alcoholic: Combine lemon juice (or sour mix), lemon-lime soda, and amaretto syrup.
Amaretto Sour Drink FAQ
Amaretto 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.
This amaretto cocktail has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, like a boozy version of the perfect lemonade.
Even better, you can easily adjust the amounts used in this amaretto sour recipe to suit your preference for either flavor.
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!
DiSaronno is a brand of amaretto, so you can use it to make an amaretto sour drink.
Asking for a DiSaronno amaretto sour at a bar simply indicates which brand you prefer them to use. If you ask for an amaretto sour, they will use a bottom shelf (less expensive) liqueur.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Amaretto Sour Recipe
- 2 ounces DiSaronno Amaretto Liqueur
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lemon, or lime slice for garnish
- Add ice, amaretto and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve (pouring ice into glass with drink). Garnish with lemon slice.
- Enjoy and repeat as desired!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published May 2012, updated and republished February 2023
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