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How to Make Delicious Amaretto Drinks Like An Expert Bartender

Annadin Sorbito

Posted on April 29 2021

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During the pandemic, access to bars to get your amaretto cocktails is oftentimes limited or worst, not available. Most especially that amaretto is not that popular and in-demand, unlike other cocktails. The good news is that there are a lot of amaretto drinks available in the market and turning them into a cocktail is easy. You might doubt yourself if you can pull off the same taste made by the bartenders when in fact, there’s nothing to master for you to become an expert on amaretto liqueur. All it takes are the right ingredients and procedures that we are going to present to you below. 

What Is Amaretto?

Amaretto is a sweet liqueur that originates from Italy, specifically Saronno. This drink is made up of almonds seeds but with added ingredients to make it sweet and bitter. Due to the flavors, it can give as a mixture, it is also used as an extract to other recipes like cocktails, coffee, cakes, and for other baking and cooking purposes. 

How to Make an Amaretto Sour?

When an amaretto drink is mixed with other ingredients like lemon juice to make a cocktail it becomes an amaretto sour. It’s time to make a change in your cocktail options, instead of picking the ones that are sweet or bitter, amaretto will give you the spiked sour drink that you surely can’t get enough of. 

So, if you have a bottle of amaretto in your kitchen or you’re still planning to buy one, we are going to walk you through the process for you to get that perfect amaretto cocktail. We also included the different variations so you can totally call yourself an expert in making amaretto sour. These recipes are beneficial to share with your family and friends too. Check them out below!

What Are the Delicious Amaretto Cocktails to Make?

1. Amaretto Sour Recipe

This is the classic amaretto sour that everyone loves to order in bars. Its taste is the same as the one we have already mentioned above because its ingredients give out sweet and sour flavors. And you know when the sweet and sour flavors are mixed together, it results in a delicious cocktail that is very unique and distinct from others. Amaretto sour is a great cocktail to offer to guests for any occasion that you host at home. They will surely get curious about the secret recipes and process, which you can now get the chance to know below. 

We are going to include bourbon in the ingredients list because this helps tone down the different flavors of this cocktail. 

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Ingredients

In making fresh lemon juice, you will need to cut the lemon into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lemon. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, lemon juice, bourbon, and simple syrup for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with some lemon wedges and fresh cherries to serve.

2. Blood Orange Amaretto Recipe

If you are reading this article during the blood orange season, then this could be the best time for you to make a blood orange amaretto recipe. Instead of the regular oranges, amaretto is best mixed with blood orange due to its flavors that are subtly sweet with citrus notes and raspberry-like taste. They are red-colored juice and with more health benefits such as vitamin c and potassium. However, they are more expensive than regular oranges because they only grow in limited places but they are totally worth the price. 

This type of amaretto is not just sour but also sweet, so it’s like a juice more than a cocktail. But this still contains 21% to 28% of alcohol plus the other alcoholic ingredient like bourbon whiskey, so there’s still a need to be careful of your consumption. It will also be an edge if you learn the different ounces in a shot glass for various places here.

Blood Orange Amaretto Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ½ ounces blood orange juice
  • Blood orange wedges (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 2 fresh Luxardo maraschino cherries (for garnish)

In making fresh blood orange juice, you will need to peel the fruit and use a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, just cut the fruit into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the blood orange. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, lemon juice, and blood orange juice for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with some blood orange wedges and maraschino cherries to serve.

3. Cherry Amaretto Sidecar Recipe

Aside from oranges and lemons, cherry can also be used as the main ingredient of amaretto than using it for garnish alone. This type of cocktail is called the cherry amaretto sidecar with the blended flavors of sweet cherries and nutty taste of amaretto. It still contains lemons so there’s also a hint of citrus notes in it. It doesn’t contain a high amount of alcohol, unlike other amaretto drinks because this amaretto cocktail highlights the taste of cherries more than the liquors added. 

Cherry Amaretto Sidecar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 4 ounces pitted sweet cherries 
  • 2 fresh maraschino cherries (for garnish)

In making pitted cherries, you will need to remove the stem of the cherry first. To get the stone out of the cherry, get your chopstick and position it at the end of the stem hole and slowly push the chopstick inside so the stone will be pushed out. 

Directions

  1. Use a blender to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, lemon juice, brandy, and pitted cherries for about 30 seconds or until it results in a pureed mixture.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the blender.
  4. Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.

4. Citrus Amaretto Recipe

One of the most popular mixes of amaretto recipes is citrus. This is no longer new to many, most especially for amaretto lovers knowing that citrus fruit balances the sweetness of amaretto liqueur. It gives you the refreshing taste of citrus plus the sweetness of amaretto to help you enjoy the day with your family and friends. You will have to make preparations ahead of time in this amaretto because you will need to make a sweet and sour mix as one of the ingredients of this recipe. 

Citrus Amaretto Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 2 ounces Seagram’s ginger ale
  • 1 fluid ounce citron vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce of sweet and sour mix
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 2  lemon wedges (for garnish)

Before we dive into the making of amaretto cocktails, you have to make sure that your sweet and sour mix is ready to use. 

  1. In medium heat, combine ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. 
  2. Remove the saucepan from heat and transfer the syrup into a large jar or container. Choose the one with a tight lid.
  3. Add ½ cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of lime juice to the container. 
  4. Refrigerate the container overnight or when you are ready to use it for your cocktail. 

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, vodka, ginger ale, and sweet and sour mix for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.

5. Amaretto Aloha Cocktail

Wondering how the cocktails in Hawaii taste like? Well, make your own amaretto aloha cocktail even in the comfort of your home. One thing that you can notice about this cocktail is that it has the fruity taste of pineapple juice with a smooth finish. You can’t even feel that there’s an added alcohol in it. The addition of cranberries even made it possible to enjoy a sweet drink but with less sugar content. In this way, the sweetness of this cocktail won’t lead to diabetes. Go check out the ingredients below and be ready to share this with your family and friends, to give them the feel of sailing in the islands of Hawaii. 

Amaretto Aloha Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 2 pineapple wedges (for garnish)

In making cranberry juice, you will need to boil it in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or until the cranberries pop. Use a strainer and slightly push the cranberries to get all the juices. Put in a jar and refrigerate. 

In making pineapple juice, you will only need to blend the pineapple for about 30 seconds or until it results in a pureed mixture. Put in a jar and refrigerate. 

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedges to serve.

6. Apple Amaretto Sours

It’s time to give a unique taste to your amaretto by skipping the usual citrus fruits and use simple apple cider instead. The apple cider will serve as the base of this cocktail to balance the sweetness of amaretto. If you are going to add vodka, its burning and bitter flavor will surely give you the perfect cocktail that you need for a hot summer day. We are also going to include other spices such as cinnamon to improve the aroma. 

Apple Amaretto Sours

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as amaretto, vodka, apple cider, and 1 tsp cinnamon for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Prepare a large bowl and pour the maple syrup. 
  4. Get another large bowl and mix the cinnamon and sugar. 
  5. Press the rim of your copper mug into the syrup and then to the sugar and cinnamon mixed.
  6. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  7. Garnish with cinnamon sticks to serve.

7. Amaretto and Coke Recipe

If you don’t want to get drunk but want to enjoy amaretto, there is a drink meant for you. Most especially if you love soda as a refreshing drink, you will surely enjoy drinking this amaretto and coke recipe. You won’t be having a hard time drinking this one, knowing that it is not as harsh as other amaretto with alcohol content added. It is very tasty and sweet knowing that amaretto is already sweet plus the coke comes from vanilla which also tastes sweet. Good thing coke has a  taste of bitterness or you could also add some other ingredients that will balance the flavor if you don’t like it sweet. 

Amaretto and Coke Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 4 ounces coke or other soda drinks
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 2 maraschino cherries (for garnish)

Directions

  1. In a copper mug, fill it with ice cubes.
  2. Add the amaretto liqueur and cola.
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.

8. Banana and Amaretto Cocktail Recipe

Your favorite banana can go well with an amaretto cocktail too. Since banana has a smooth and creamy texture, it will give a unique taste to your drink especially during summer and when you’re just at home with your family and friends. The banana tastes sweet like honey and vanilla so it is best to mix with your amaretto liqueur. The best thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t taste like a cocktail but more like a milkshake. However, the banana doesn’t overpower the nutty flavors of amaretto. 

So, whether you like to surprise your family and friends with a beach or pool party at home, this banana and amaretto cocktail will exceed their expectations for an unforgettable night out. Don’t forget to add some spices like cinnamon to make it more savory.

Banana and Amaretto Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 4 ounces banana liqueur  
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Cinnamon (for garnish)
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 2 ounces double cream

Directions

  1. In a blender, blend all the ingredients such as amaretto, banana liqueur, milk, and double cream for about 30 seconds or until it results in a pureed mixture.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the blender.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon to serve.

Conclusion

Now that you have read this article, you won’t surely run out of cocktail ideas for your amaretto liqueur. If your family and friends are not familiar with this drink, it’s time to make one and share it with them. Don’t forget to serve it with the use of copper mugs. Yes! Copper mugs are not only for Moscow mule but also for other cocktail drinks like amaretto. Copper which is a good thermal conductor can retain the temperature of a cold coquito. In this way, you don’t have to add more ice that may make your amaretto watery.

Remember that copper is also needed inside your body and with copper mugs, you can be sure that its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties will help you be free of bacteria and body inflammation. If you don’t have a copper mug yet, you can get 100% pure copper mugs on Amazon that come with different accessories too!

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