Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

By Timo Torner / Last updated on October 15, 2022 

First published on July 4, 2021 

If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to drinking cocktails but don't want a fruity, tropical one, an Amaretto Sour could be just what you need. It's sweet, yet not overly sweet, and maintains the sophisticated air of a classic Sour.

And one of the most famous cocktails based on this liqueur is the Amaretto Sour. However, it's a little tricky to make if you want to get it right.

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 for baked goods, as an ingredient for sweet dessert sauces, or in cocktails. 

The ingredients of the Amaretto Sour

Looking at the list of ingredients of the Amaretto Sour recipe, it is nothing unusual for a sour. Only the split base makes it a little more complex. 

So, to make our Amaretto Sour, you need the following elements:

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

For the Amaretto, I like to use Disaronno. It's the bestselling brand for a good reason. It has a fantastic balance of sweetness of almonds and apricots and a slight bitterness.

Also, always use freshly squeezed lemon juice in your cocktails. It may sound like a minor thing, but this will make or break your drink. If you want to know why, read more on lemon juice in cocktails here

Dry shake for creating a thick foam

For the perfect foam on our Amaretto Sour cocktail, you best perform a dry shake. 

That 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. 

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.

For the science behind the magic of cocktail foams, read our article on Dry Shaking.

Making the best Amaretto Sour Cocktail

Traditional Sour cocktails are based on spirits like Whiskey, Gin, or Rum. Using Amaretto makes it different. 

It is a liqueur and as such has a lower amount of alcohol by volume and is also far sweeter. If you would use the same ratio for an Amaretto Sour recipe as you do for a Whiskey Sour, your result would definitely turn out too sweet.

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

Amaretto Sour Cocktail

The low alcohol content is also something that requires attention. It makes the Amaretto fragile, especially if you take away the sweetness, one of its essential components. 

Those two factors are the reason for adjusting the formula. Some recipes add Rum to the recipe, while others use Bourbon to counterbalance the sourness and sweetness of the drink.

Adding Bourbon to the recipe is the most common and also my preferred way to make this drink. The person who came up with it was Jeffrey Morgenthaler. My recipe is based on his but still slightly different.

Other cocktails with Amaretto

If you now have an open bottle of Amaretto at home and wonder what you can do with it apart from making Amaretto Sour Cocktails, try one of the following:

If you want to get a better overview, check out our 9 favorite Disaronno Cocktails.

Other Sour Cocktails

If you're more interested in trying out other Sour Cocktails because you have not that much of a sweet tooth after all, how about other Sour Cocktails?

These drinks made with a base spirit, lemon juice, syrup, and an optional egg white are the ultimate crowd pleaser.

The Continental Sour is one of my ultimate go-to drinks, but drinks like the Pisco Sour or the Mezcal Sour come very close.

And also here, if you want more inspiration, check out our 12 favorite Sour Cocktails.

Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

A sweet and almondy twist on the classic Sour recipe
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amaretto, sour cocktail
Servings: 1
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.
    1.5 oz Amaretto, 0.75 oz Cask-proof Bourbon, 1 oz Fresh lemon juice, 1 tbsp Simple syrup, 1 pcs Egg white
  • 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: 28.7g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 121mg | Sugar: 28.7g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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