How to Make an Amaretto Sour

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How to Make an Amaretto Sour

Learning how to make an Amaretto Sour is not just something you should do if you’ve been cast as a housewife in a 1970s sitcom – it’s a completely delicious notch on the belt of any newbie cocktail maker! 

This nutty spin-off of the classic Whiskey Sour features an almond-flavored liqueur that comes to the party with rich notes of vanilla and a subtly bitter finish. To get you inspired to make this iconic drink at home, here is our super simple recipe for an Amaretto Sour cocktail.  

Delicious variations of the Amaretto Sour to make at home

While getting to grips with how to make this gorgeous drink at home, there are several super tasty variations you can try by swopping out certain Amaretto Sour drink ingredients. This includes:  

Amaretto Stone Sour

This easy Amaretto Sour recipe is a citrusy and refreshing riff on the original – perfect for brunch or lingering lunches! It combines 1.5 oz Amaretto, 1.5 oz orange juice, and 1.5 oz sweet-and-sour mix. As you can tell, there is no egg white involved, which makes it a less tricky drink if you’re just starting out.  

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A completely new & amazing creation

Did you know that you are 100% allowed to play around with any of the cocktail recipes on The Mixer without the Proper Cocktail Police coming after you? True story, friend! You get to experiment all you like.  

So, while you are learning how to make an Amaretto Sour cocktail, we double-dare you to try a few swops to make it your own. You could for instance:  

  • Use Frangelico instead of Amaretto if you like a more upfront nutty taste  
  • Swap the egg white for 2 ounces of aquafaba (the liquid in a tin of chickpeas) to make it vegan 
  • Use maple syrup instead of simple syrup to coax out the smoky notes in the bourbon 
  • Try some orange bitters to dial up the zesty vibe of the drink 

What mixes well with Amaretto?

Since you are going to have a bottle of Amaretto around after trying this cocktail recipe, here are a few other ingredients that pair well with this drink:  

Coffee – add it to hot coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top 

Cognac – mix a measure of each to make a perfect French Connection cocktail 

Scotch – the Godfather is another two-ingredient cocktail that features Amaretto 

Pairing the Amaretto Sour with food

Wondering what to serve with your Amaretto Sour Cocktail? Here are a few lovely appetizer pairings that will up the ante on this drink:  

  • A cheese platter with plenty of dark, red fruit like plums and grapes 
  • Desserts like flan, chocolate cake, and cookies like biscotti 
  • Simple snacks like pretzels and nuts also do the trick 

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It’s important to shake without ice first so the egg white can emulsify & go frothy.


You can use aquafaba (chickpea liquid) to make a vegan version.


Pairs beautifully with biscotti after dinner.



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Lemon juice
Teaspoon simple syrup per drink
Egg white
Dashes of bitters per dink
Lemon peel and Luxardo cherry to garnish



Add the amaretto, bourbon, lemon juice, syrup, egg white, and bitters to a cocktail shaker without ice and shake for 15 seconds


Now add the ice to the cocktail shaker and shake it for another 30 seconds


Strain the drink into a glass – the foam will gather at the top


Garnish with a lemon peel and Luxardo cherry

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The almond flavors of Amaretto make it an ideal pairing with zesty fruit juices like orange and lemon, as well as a great counterpoint to spirits like whiskey, bourbon and cognac. It also goes wonderfully with coffee!

The standard Amaretto sour contains 1.7 units of alcohol, placing it at 12.97% alc/vol, or 25.94% proof.