Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Cocktail Recipe

Made using Amaretto, an almond liqueur. The sweet & sour ingredients create a sweet, marzipan taste – an acquired taste to some but you can always introduce bourbon whiskey to lower the sweetness and increase the intensity.

Amaretto Sour


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How to make an Amaretto Sour
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How to make an Amaretto Sour


  • 60mL Amaretto Liqueur
  • 30mL Lemon Juice
  • 15mL Sugar Syrup
  • Egg White
  • Dash of bitters


  1. Dry shake the egg white to emulsify (see video below)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (except bitters) to your cocktail shaker
  3. Shake & strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass
  4. Add a dash of bitters
  5. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a cherry


You can always tweak your sour by reducing the amaretto liqueur by 15-30mL and replacing with a bourbon whisky. Check out Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour recipe here.



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    1. 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 🙂

  1. 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.

    1. 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).

      1. 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.

        1. 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 🙂

    1. 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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