Amaretto Sour


Amaretto Sour Cocktail Recipe

Without a doubt this is the best Amaretto Sour recipe you will come across, thanks to Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
The original recipe was devised by the importer of Amaretto di Saronno (now simply known as Disaronno), and consisted of 2 parts amaretto and 1 part lemon juice. The drink was popular in the 80s, during a terrible time when bartenders used sour mix instead of fresh juice. Bartenders used sour mix in place of lemon juice, resulting in a sickly sweet mess of a drink.
Please don't make your Amaretto Sours like this.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a renowned Portland bartender and author, saved the drink's reputation by using fresh ingredients and adding in a cask-strength bourbon whiskey. Amaretto liqueur is too sweet and weak on its own, so the higher-strength whiskey adds proof, cutting back it's sweetness, whilst the fresh egg white adds a velvety texture.
Check out the video for a side by side tasting of Amaretto Sours using popular amaretto liqueurs (Disaronno vs Lazzaroni vs Luxardo).
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  • 45 ml amaretto liqueur Luxardo recommended
  • 22.5 ml cask-strength bourbon whiskey
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rich syrup (2:1)
  • 15 ml egg white


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients
  • Dry shake (without ice)
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Double strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and a skewered maraschino cherry


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