Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 13, 2022 
If you're a sweet tooth when it comes to your drinks, but you want a break from the fruity, tropical cocktails, an Amaretto Sour could be just want you need. It's sweet, yet -when done right- not overly so and radiates the sophisticated air of a Whiskey Sour.

Amaretto is a beautiful liqueur made of apricot kernels, peach stones, and almonds. Its sweet and distinctive taste makes it a brilliant ingredient for various purposes. It often gets used in baked goods, as an ingredient for sweet dessert sauces, or in cocktails. One of the most famous cocktails based on this liqueur is the Amaretto Sour. It is an intriguing and tricky cocktail to make.

The Problem with the Amaretto Sour Cocktail

Typically a sour cocktail is based on a spirit like Whiskey, Gin, or Rum. But with Amaretto, it is different. It is a liqueur and therefore has a lower amount of alcohol by volume and is also far sweeter. If you would use a similar recipe, as you do for a Whiskey Sour, your result would definitely turn out too sweet.

Just to give you an idea: Amaretto is sometimes used as a replacement for orgeat. And orgeat is an almond syrup. That should be enough of an indication of how sweet the liqueur is, compared to other spirits.

The lack of booze is also an issue. It makes the Amaretto fragile, especially if you take away the sweetness, one of its essential components. Those two points are the reason why people came up with solutions to fix this. Some recipes add Rum to the recipe, while others use Bourbon to counterbalance the sourness and sweetness of the drink.

At the moment, adding Bourbon to the recipe is the most common way to make this drink. And the person who came up with it was Jeffrey Morgenthaler. My recipe will still be slightly different from his, but I absolutely cannot deny the similarities.

The ingredients of the Amaretto Sour

Looking at the list of ingredients, it is nothing unusual for a sour except the split base. To make our Amaretto Sour, we need the following elements:

  • Amaretto Liqueur
  • Cask-proof Bourbon
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Egg white

Dry shake for creating a thick foam

To get a great foam on our Amaretto Sour cocktail, I strongly suggest performing a dry shake. This technique makes it easier for the egg white to emulsify, resulting in a thicker and stronger foam. Ultimately it also looks better when you serve your drink. So make sure to check out how to dry shake before prepping this cocktail.

To do this, you only need to shake all ingredients without ice first. That will help to create a thick and dense foam. Then add our usual amount of ice and shake again.

Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sour cocktail
Calories: 283kcal
Cost: $3


  • 1.5 oz Amaretto
  • 0.75 oz Cask-proof Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Simple syrup
  • 1 pcs Egg white


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice and shake for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Add ice and shake again until your drink is chilled.
  • Strain into an old fashioned glass.
  • You can use two Maraschino Cherries and/or lemon peel twist as a garnish.


Serving: 5oz | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 122.7g | Protein: 11.4g | Fat: 0.25g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 361mg | Sugar: 51.7g | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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