Amaretto Sour Recipe

The Amaretto Sour is a delightful drink that combines sweet and sour tastes, and a little almond comes from the Amaretto liqueur. The emergence of Amaretto Sour traces back to the popularity of Amaretto liqueur.

Amaretto is a traditional Italian liquor made from almonds or apricot kernels, produced in Italy for centuries. At that time, it was a normal drink that no one appreciated. But with the moderation of Jeffrey Morgenthaler in the 1970s, it became better known in the USA and is the star in many bars and restaurants worldwide. 

The variation of the drink changed over time; some people added egg white to get a creamy and frothy texture, and some tried with different ratios of amaretto, lemon juice, and simple syrup for the desired flavor. But all of them still focus on the sweet and sour combination of flavors, which is the base of the original recipe. 

The Amaretto Sour has a balanced and nutty flavor, making it a versatile cocktail suitable for various occasions. Its sweet and sour taste is great for those who want to relax after a long day.

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto sour is a classic cocktail known for a well-balanced combination of sweet and sour elements. Nowadays, it is a cocktail that people around the world enjoy. Thankfully, the easy-to-make feature also contributed to its popularity. The article below will show you all you need to make this great drink to treat yourself at home. 
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Jigger
  • Old Fashioned Glass


  • 2 oz Amaretto liqueur 60 ml
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice 22.5 ml
  • 1/2 oz Rich simple syrup 15 ml
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel or twist optional
  • Maraschino cherry optional
  • 1 Fresh egg white


  • Add an egg white, amaretto liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and rich simple syrup into the shaker.
    2 oz Amaretto liqueur, 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz Rich simple syrup, 1 Fresh egg white
  • Dry shake all the ingredients for about 10-15 seconds. A "dry shake" technique is shaken without ice, which helps the egg white foam.
  • Open the shaker and fill it with ice.
  • Shake again with ice for 10-15 seconds to chill the cocktail and the egg white additional froth up.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer into an old-fashioned glass full of ice.
  • Garnish the cocktail with a lemon wheel or twist and a maraschino cherry if desired.
    Lemon wheel or twist, Maraschino cherry



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Use only fresh ingredients: Amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, and separated egg white to enhance the flavor.
  • Remember to do a dry shake first to emulsify the egg white and have a creamy texture. Then add ice to shake to chill the cocktail and dilute and mix the ingredients.
  • Use a strainer to have a smooth, frothy texture.
  • Egg white must be fresh and ensure no traces of yolk; just a little can prevent proper frothing.
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What do Amaretto Sours taste like? 

Amaretto Sours is a harmonious combination of sweetness, sourness, and nutty flavor. The sweetness primarily comes from the sweet, almond flavor of amaretto liqueur. The sourness of fresh lemon juice, which provides a tart and citrusy taste, mellowed the sweetness of the amaretto. And the unique characteristic- the nutty almond flavor, gives a  pleasant nuttiness to the cocktail. Adding egg white further enhances the drink’s overall taste with a creamy and frothy texture.

How much alcohol does an Amaretto Sour have?

A standard Amaretto Sour made with 2 ounces of amaretto liqueur contains about 0.5 ounces (or 15 ml) of pure alcohol. However, the alcohol content can increase if you use other spirits or liqueurs such as bourbon or whiskey. So always be cautious when consuming and not overdrink.

Try these above guidelines and adjust the recipe to suit your taste; you will have a perfect Amaretto Sour to treat your mouth well. The refreshing and citrusy note of the Amaretto Sour is an excellent choice for summer gatherings, barbecues, and picnics. And for those who enjoy the pairing of nutty and citrusy flavors, the Amaretto Sour is a must-try.