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Amaretto Sour

by victor

Amaretto sour drink in a glass with ice, garnished with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Amaretto Sour is one of those cocktails that is hard not to like. It’s bright, refreshing, sweet and sour, and tastes like a well-made lemonade. Or candy. You know those sweet and sour hard candy? To me, Amaretto Sour tastes like a spiked sweet and sour hard candy.

The classic recipe of two to one ratio of amaretto and lemon juice makes a fairly sweet drink, but that’s the beauty of it. It tastes great, it’s easy to drink and and it’s very enjoyable. This is a fantastic party drink. It tastes like a dessert that leaves warmth at the back of your throat and elevates your spirit.

Close up of amaretto sour drink in a glass with ice, orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Now, this may sound like an overkill, but try to sweeten this drink even more with one part simple syrup. It tones down the acidity of lemon and makes Amaretto Sour taste, well, less sour. The alcohol also becomes less pronounced. I kind of liked that. I am sure there others that will appreciate this little modification.

If, on the other hand, you want less sweetness, add one part of carbonated water, or even 7-Up as some recipes that I’ve seen suggest.

For a little more assertive drink, add one part vodka. Now, adding vodka to Amaretto Sour is not typical, but I like how the drink tastes with it. My favorite variation of this type is 2 parts Amaretto, 1 part lemon juice and 1 part vodka. It’s Friday, this is what I am drinking tonight to unwind.


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Amaretto Sour Recipe

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Victor


  • 2 oz Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

For garnish:

  • Maraschino cherry (for garnish)
  • 1 orange slice (for garnish)


  • Pour liquid ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. 
  • Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with the orange slice and a maraschino cherry.


For a sweeter and less assertive variation, add 1 ounce of simple syrup.
A less sweet variation can be achieved by adding 1 ounce of 7-Up or plain carbonated water.
For a more assertive variation, add 1 ounce of vodka, or 1 ounce of vodka and one ounce of simple syrup for a smoother taste.

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