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Amaretto Sour Classic Cocktail Recipe


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The Amaretto sour is a popular and classic cocktail and well drink. Ask for this drink in any bar or lounge. Or make it yourself at home with just a few simple ingredients.

Amaretto Sour

Enjoy this sweet alcoholic drink. It is very easy to make at home.

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All you need is a very few simple ingredients, some ice and your cocktail shaker.

Amaretto Sour Recipe:

Our recipe for this classic cocktail could NOT be easier. Almond liqueur, simple syrup and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Amaretto Sour top view
A very light Disaronno drink

Garnish it with a slice of orange and put a cherry on top for fun. Viola! A simple and delicious after dinner drink or light cocktail for your guests.


Ingredients for Amaretto sour
Amaretto Disaronno, simple syrup and a fresh lemon are the bones of this cocktail.
  • Almond liqueur
  • Simple Syrup
  • A fresh squeeze of Lemon

We really enjoy our amaretto sour just like this. REMEMBER The quality and freshness of ingredients will always affect your outcome.

This is so simple to make. No packaged sour mixes are necessary. Using a fresh lemon squeeze and a touch of simple syrup allows you to adjust the flavors as you wish.

Amaretto Liqueur:

We chose one of the two original Italian brands. The Disaronno Almond Liqueur is made by the The Reina family.

Their amaretto recipe has a long and venerable history including a family legend that claims first rights to the beginnings of this liqueur. It’s delicious but fairly spendy.

the classic amaretto sour-pin image
Our classic Amaretto Sour cocktail recipe is a popular well drink that is easy to make. It has a refreshing citrus profile that makes it a fantastic summer time beverage. #amarettosour #welldrinks #recipe #summertime #cocktail

Any almond liqueur will work in this recipe as long as it’s a decent quality.

I’m not so sure a homemade almond liqueur is a good idea for this drink recipe. However, I’m including a link to one for you. If you make your own almond liqueur tell us how it goes!

Here’s a homemade almond liqueur recipe by if you want to give it a try.


  • A fresh orange slice (in the glass or on the side as you prefer)
  • One maraschino cherry on top
Garnished Amaretto Sour
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

How to Make Amaretto Sour:

Here is your complete guide to constructing this yummy refresher. Please also watch our video for more information.

Amaretto Sour
A very simple classic cocktail.


There are MANY ways to change up this classic cocktail Recipe. We are giving the simplest and lightest version here. It makes a delicious and much cheaper way to enjoy a drink with your guests.

But if you’re looking for a bit more punch and froth we have a few ideas for you.

Here are a few ways to experiment with the Amaretto Sour Recipe.

  • Add vanilla vodka one to one with the amaretto
  • add bourbon Half amount to the Amaretto
  • Add a half ounce or so of egg white in the shaker (Makes it frothy)
  • The simple syrup is actually optional. (add it to taste)

Adding extra alcohol will also increase the kick of your cocktail. Remember to drink responsibly. These go down real easy. 🙂

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Amaretto Sour
Yield: 1 Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Amaretto Sour is a delicious cocktail that pairs tangy and sweet flavors together. This cocktail is easy to make and a great addition to any gathering.


  • 1.5 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Pour all ingredients into the shaker
  3. Put the lid back on the shaker and shake for 30-60 seconds until all ingredients are chilled
  4. Fill a whiskey glass halfway with ice
  5. Pour the cocktail into the glass
  6. Garnish and serve right away.



  1. Maraschino Cherry
  2. Slice of Orange


  1. Add vanilla vodka one to one with the amaretto
  2. add bourbon Half amount to the Amaretto
  3. Add a half oz or so of egg white in the shaker (Makes it frothy)
  4. The simple syrup is actually optional. (add it to taste)

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgNet Carbohydrates 0gSugar Alcohols 0g

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Friday 5th of June 2020

I'm excited to try this cocktail. I've been trying to experiment with different mixers. Disaronno is one of my favorite liqueur. I would like to inquire if you have some ideas using Tequila Rose. Another favorite of mine that needs an amazing touch for the perfect mixer! Any thoughts??

Kayti Lavergne

Friday 5th of June 2020

Hi Nila! I would try the Tequila Rose with whipped cream vodka and maybe a bit or almond simple syrup? Also I would try it with a coffee liqueur like Kahlua, and blend it with some ice. I'm also thinking of some creme de cacao to pair it with! :) Let me know what you come up with! Cheers!