Cocktail Recipes

Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Recipe


Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto Sour

Hands down, the best Amaretto Sour recipe you will come across. Originally from renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Seriously, it’s that good.
2.88 from 1618 votes



  • Combine all the ingredients except bitters into your cocktail shaker
  • Dry shake (without ice)
  • Shake with ice
  • Strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass
  • Add a dash of bitters
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry
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  • Reply
    Karla Hamilton
    September 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

    How do I make amaretto Sour taste sweet not so sour??

  • Reply
    Joseph Cercy
    March 24, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Why the egg white? It seems to me it would add no flavor.

    • Reply
      Steve the Bartender
      March 24, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Correct, it doesn’t impart flavour but does give it a nice thick texture. Try one with and one without to compare. Let me know what you think 🙂

  • Reply
    December 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Amaretto is already sweet and you add more sweetness to it?! Are you joking or what?
    The right one is 60 maretto 25 lemon juice and thats it! Shake and strain over ice in roks glass a cherry for garnish and your set to go….
    Andding sugar syrup or any other sweetener is not needed
    The egg white is a good touch but still not needed.

    • Reply
      Steve the Bartender
      December 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks for the feedback – it’s only a 1:1 sugar syrup so it’s not too sweet BUT in saying that, it can be too sweet for some… you may have noticed that I actually mentioned this within the article 🙂

      I also recommended another recipe with bourbon – which I prefer, personally.

      …and I like the added texture from the egg white.

      Did you try the recipe or just criticise straight away??

      I don’t necessarily believe there is one “right” way to make a cocktail – it depends on the individual’s taste (which is why I mentioned balancing / lowering the sweetness).

      • Reply
        Rick Williams
        January 5, 2019 at 8:12 am

        I had a few friends round at my house and I made one with sugar syrup and one without. Both had bourbon, everyone preferred the one with sugar syrup. Each to there own.

        • Reply
          Steve the Bartender
          January 5, 2019 at 11:51 am

          It just needs a little sweet (sugar) to balance the sour.

          You could omit the sugar if you use a 60mL Amaretto recipe but if you drop the Amaretto and add bourbon, the sugar content lowers and it needs replacing to balance..

          ..but I agree Rick, it all depends on personal taste 🙂

      • Reply
        Gemma Fraser
        April 2, 2019 at 2:21 pm

        Thanks Steve!!! This is the best!! Perfect.

        • Reply
          Steve the Bartender
          April 4, 2019 at 12:09 pm

          That touch of whiskey works wonders!!

  • Reply
    December 24, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Hiya! Which sours do I buy? There seem to be many types! I’m a newbie… thank you!!

    • Reply
      Steve the Bartender
      December 31, 2018 at 8:09 am

      No need to buy a sour mix – fresh is always better! Sour mix just replaces the fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup in the recipe…but if you stick with the recipe, you’ll be mixing a tasty drink 🙂

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