Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Cocktail

An Amaretto Sour is a popular type of sour cocktail which uses amaretto (of course). This almond flavored liqueur used to be made from bitter almonds, hence the name, but some producers make it with the pits of stonefruit. Either way, I see it as Christmas in a glass as this drink is a perfect cold winter drink.

Like most sours this drink includes lemon juice and an egg white. Of course the base spirit is Amaretto, and I’ve decided to add a few dashes of Angostura bitters to round out the flavor. Amaretto is fairly sweet, and while the lemon juice does work to balance that out, I definitely think the bitters help as well.

How To Make An Amaretto Sour


  • 60 ml Amaretto. I used the brand Madruzzo as I find it a fantastic quality for the price. The bottle pictured is .5L and only cost me $6. This is the same brand I use for The Godfather.
  • 22.5 ml Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed. You can knock it up to a full ounce for a more traditional ratio, I just toned it down because I was also adding bitters.
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters.
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 barspoon (about 1/2 tsp) Amarena Syrup. I use the cherry as a garnish and they are packed in a fantastic syrup for cocktails.

In a shaker add all of the ingredients and give a good dry shake for about 15 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake hard for at least 30 seconds. You can do less if you don’t like as much foam, but I like my Amaretto sours as foamy as possible. Double strain into a double rocks glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and an Amarena cherry.

You have to let the drink rest for a few minutes for the drink to separate from the foam, this is what the foam looks like right after I poured it over the rock.

Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto sour is a classic sour cocktail that uses almond flavored Amaretto liqueur as the base. I've balanced this one with quite a few dashes of bitters and a little Amarena syrup.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 drink


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 60 ml Amaretto Liqueur 2 ounce
  • 22.5 ml Lemon Juice 3/4 ounce
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 tsp Amarena Syrup about one barspoon


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and give a hard shake for 15 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake more for at least 30 seconds. Double strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube/ball. Garnish with a lemon slice and an Amarena cherry
Keyword Amaretto Sour
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