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Best Amaretto Sour Recipes

Best Amaretto Sour Recipes

Amaretto Sour Shopping Tips

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Amaretto Sour Cooking Tips

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.

Amaretto Whiskey Sour

Love a good whiskey sour and amaretto sour? Here’s the next best thing: combine them and make an Amaretto Whiskey Sour! Yes, this drink uses equal parts of these two liquors to make something new and altogether delicious. We’re huge fans of both drinks around here, and this one is notable. It’s even more balanced in flavor, making magic with the nuttiness of the amaretto with the spicy vanilla notes of the bourbon. If you’re a sour fan: hold onto your hats!

Recipe Summary

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Anaheim chile pepper, chopped
  • 2 red jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle light beer (such as Coors®)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper sauce
  • 2 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans (such as Bush's®)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat cook and stir onion, bell pepper, Anaheim pepper, jalapeno peppers, and garlic in the hot oil until softened.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes add Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Crumble bouillon cubes over beef and add beer. Continue to cook , scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until liquid is hot, about 3 minutes. Stir beef mixture into pepper mixture.

Stir crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and wine to the beef mixture. Season with chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, brown sugar, pepper sauce, basil, paprika, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are very tender and flavors have developed in the chili, about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix kidney beans into beef and vegetables. Continue to simmer until beans are hot, about 30 minutes more.

Blend sour cream, cilantro, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin in a food processor until smooth. Serve sour cream mixture with chili.


Here&rsquos what you will need to make the classic Amaretto Sour recipe which comes in at just under 200 calories.

  • Amaretto Liqueur such as DiSaronno
  • Lemon juice (the sour element). Some recipes include sweet and sour mix.
  • Raw egg white (you can use pasteurised egg whites or a fresh one)
  • Cherries (Maraschino/ cocktail cherries) are usually used as a garnish

Optional ingredients

This is the version I prefer &ndash a variation of the authentic recipe in my favourite cocktail book The Spirits. This version is just under 300 calories thanks to the Bourbon and simple syrup.

  • Bourbon (optional) &ndash this not only balances the drink, cutting down on the sweetness, but also adds some much needed backbone.
  • Simple syrup (sugar syrup) &ndash you can buy this or make it yourself by combining equal amounts of sugar and water (see recipe card)

You will also need

Special Occasion Amaretto Sour

If the guest of honor at a dinner or cocktail party is a big fan of amaretto sours, serving this fancy version of the drink is sure to impress both the honoree and the gathered friends and family. It includes Prosecco, a dry, white sparkling wine mainly produced in the Veneto region of Italy. This recipe is for one drink, so adjust the quantities to accommodate the number of guests.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup sugar to coat the rim of the glass
  • 1 lemon, finely zested with a Microplane zester or comparable tool
  • 1 lime, zested like the lemon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (Save the remaining 1/2 lemon for coating the glass rim)
  • 3/4 cup Prosecco
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon and lime slice garnishes


  1. Stir the water and 1/2 cup sugar together in a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and constantly stir until the sugar completely dissolves and creates a simple syrup.
  3. Set the syrup aside to cool.
  4. In a rimmed saucer or shallow bowl, combine the remaining sugar and zests.
  5. Rub the rim of a double old-fashioned glass (also called a lowball or rocks glass) with the cut side of the lemon half, being sure to moisten it on both the inside and outside of the glass.
  6. Invert the glass into the sugar and slowly turn to evenly coat.
  7. Gently mix the Prosecco, amaretto, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the prepared simple syrup in a cocktail mixer or pitcher, taking care not to destroy the bubbles in the wine.
  8. Place a few ice cubes in the bottom of the glass and pour in the drink mixture without disturbing the sugar-coated rim.
  9. Garnish the drink with the citrus fruit slices.

The Ingredients

  • Amaretto: A sweet, almond-flavored Italian liqueur. This is, of course, the star ingredient of the cocktail. I used Disaronno for this amaretto sour.
  • Bourbon: The amaretto isn't quite as bold as something like whiskey, in a whiskey sour. The bourbon magnifies the amaretto and balances the drink.
  • Lemon juice and simple syrup: This is opposed to using a sweet and sour mix, where you can't control how sweet/sour it is. You can purchase simple syrup or make it with ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar. Simmer it until the sugar fully dissolves and let it cool.
  • Lemon-lime soda: Amaretto sours with Sprite (or 7UP) adds a satisfying fizz and compliments the sweet sour combination. Substitute with sparkling water.
  • Garnishes: An orange slice for additional citrus and garnish and a maraschino or luxardo cherry

Best Overall: Disaronno Originale Amaretto

This OG Italian liqueur is as good as it gets. Produced in Saronno in the Lombardy region in Northern Italy, this 56-proof almond-flavored liqueur has used the same "secret formula" since 1535. As Disaronno states, the liqueur is produced with apricot pits oil, alcohol, burnt sugar and "pure essence" from 17 herbs and fruits.

Sweet, nutty flavors of dried fruits, marzipan, and caramelized sugar harmoniously collide on the palate. Disaronno’s distinct almond flavor and dried fruits come to life when added to the classic Amaretto Sour. Or simply pour over rocks and enjoy.

The Best Amaretto Sour Recipe with Maple Syrup

We don’t drink cocktails all that often but when we do I’m most likely to order a sour. I love the combination of sweet and sour especially when the sweetness comes from maple syrup or honey. When we first created this Amaretto Sour recipe I knew we were on to something – the sourness of the lemon is just an awesome combination with the nuttiness of the liqueur and the warmth of the maple syrup.

We use cherry bitters when we make this cocktail. If you don’t have them you could use other fruit bitters or zest an orange (a sharp vegetable peeler is best for this) and twist it over the cocktail before dropping it in. This will allow the natural oils to escape the zest and combine with your cocktail and is a great trick any time you want to add a flavor punch to a cocktail.

Before beginning together the ingredients for this cocktail, rinse a glass (inside and out) and place inside the freezer, still partially wet. It will only take a few minutes to chill and frost.

Amaretto Sour

Not too sweet, not too sour - just super pleasant. Worth the extra effort to make.

  1. Beat the egg white before using. One large egg should give about 1 oz. of beaten white.
  2. Dry shake all ingredients.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain into glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel and brandied cherries, if desired.

Volume: 3.7 oz
Alcohol units: 2.2 standard drinks
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 20%


Times viewed: 45497
Average Score: 10.0 (4 votes)


Based on Jeffrey Morgenthaler's "Best Amaretto Sour in the World". Instead of cask-proof (120 proof) bourbon, I used white rum and some bitters. I also decreased lemon juice from 1 oz. to 3/4 oz.

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Added by Tawny on 2016-02-15 23:04:22
Last updated on 2016-02-16 23:25:40
Status: Approved

This recipe is so simple to make. You don’t have to use a cocktail shaker for it if you don’t have one. You can easily just stir the ingredients together in a glass. But if you have one, break it out! I love how cold and crisp a cocktail shaker makes a drink.

All you have to do is add the amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup together and shake! Pour over ice and then top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. The traditional garnish is a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry, but honestly if you don’t have that you aren’t going to be missing anything. So don’t let that be the reason you don’t make this drink!

This cocktail is easy to make for a crowd as well. Just mix the amaretto, simple syrup, and lemon juice together in a pitcher. Then when it is time to serve just add a splash of lemon-lime soda to each glass.

This is such a simple cocktail to make and definitely worth investing in a bottle of amaretto for. You are going to be able to mix this up in just a minute any night of the week!


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