The Amaretto Sour is unapologetically delicious, immensely refreshing, and definitely worth a revisit. It’s a little sweet, a little sour, and a little fizzy if you add a splash of soda.

An amaretto sour cocktail in a clear glass.

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled amaretto sour ingredients.

Ingredient notes:

  • Amaretto: A sweet Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds (aka maraschino cherries). Some popular brands include Disaronno, Lazzaroni, Luxardo, DeKuyper, and Bols.
  • Simple syrup: Super easy to make at home. Just combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Or, use store-bought.
  • Lemon juice: On average, one lemon has 2 tablespoons of juice in it, so plan on using 1 lemon per cocktail.
  • Lemon-lime soda: Optional but recommended, especially if you love fizzy drinks. Think 7UP or Sprite.
  • Cherries: Dark and rich cocktail cherries, such as Luxardo brand, can be substituted for the maraschino cherries.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. To make this cocktail, you need a martini shaker, strainer, lots of ice, and a “rocks” glass. First, fill the shaker with ice. Then add the amaretto, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
    Amaretto sour ingredients being added to a martini shaker.
  2. Next, shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Strain the drink out into a rocks glass that is filled with ice.
    Amaretto sour being poured into a glass.
  3. If you like, top the drink off with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Then garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry. Cheers!
    Lemon-lime soda being poured over an amaretto sour.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Big batch: To make a batch of 12 cocktails, in a large pitcher filled with ice, stir together 18 ounces (2 ¼ cups) amaretto, 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) simple syrup, and 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) fresh lemon juice. Have ice, glassware, soda, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • No cocktail shaker: Find your biggest, sturdiest glass and fill it with ice. Add the drink ingredients, then stir with a long spoon to get it all mixed and chilled. Strain through a small mesh strainer or use a slotted spoon to keep the ice in the shaker as you pour the cocktail.
  • Egg whites: Some versions of the drink include an egg white for silky body and foamy frothiness. If you want to try this, first give the ingredients a “dry shake” (without ice) to emulsify them. Then, add ice to the shaker and give everything a second shake to chill the cocktail.
  • Amaretto Sour, up: After shaking, strain the cocktail into a chilled “up” glass or coupe. Garnish and drink.

An amaretto sour cocktail in a clear glass.

More fun cocktails:

An amaretto sour cocktail in a clear glass.

Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto Sour is unapologetically delicious, immensely refreshing, and definitely worth a revisit. It's a little sweet, a little sour, and a little fizzy if you add a splash of soda.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Servings 1 serving
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 228

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 ounces amaretto liqueur (3 tbsp)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (2 tbsp)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice (2 tbsp)
  • Lemon-lime soda optional (7UP, Sprite, etc.)
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a martini shaker filled with ice, add amaretto, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with soda if desired. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Notes

  1. Amaretto: A sweet Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds (aka maraschino cherries). Some popular brands include Disaronno, Lazzaroni, Luxardo, DeKuyper, and Bols.
  2. Simple syrup: Super easy to make at home. Just combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Or, use store-bought.
  3. Lemon juice: On average, one lemon has 2 tablespoons of juice in it, so plan on using 1 lemon per cocktail.
  4. Lemon-lime soda: Optional but recommended, especially if you love fizzy drinks. Think 7UP or Sprite.
  5. Cherries: Dark and rich cocktail cherries, such as Luxardo brand, can be substituted for the maraschino cherries. 
  6. Big batch: To make a batch of 12 cocktails, in a large pitcher filled with ice, stir together 18 ounces (2 ¼ cups) amaretto, 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) simple syrup, and 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) fresh lemon juice. Have ice, glassware, soda, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  7. No cocktail shaker: Find your biggest, sturdiest glass and fill it with ice. Add the drink ingredients, then stir with a long spoon to get it all mixed and chilled. Strain through a small mesh strainer or use a slotted spoon to keep the ice in the shaker as you pour the cocktail.
  8. Egg whites: Some versions of the drink include an egg white for silky body and foamy frothiness. If you want to try this, first give the ingredients a "dry shake" (without ice) to emulsify them. Then, add ice to the shaker and give everything a second shake to chill the cocktail. 
  9. Amaretto Sour, up: After shaking, strain the cocktail into a chilled "up" glass or coupe. Garnish and drink.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 20mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin C: 18mgIron: 1mg
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