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Everything old is new again with our recipe for the retro amaretto sour. Serve this zesty cocktail before or after dinner or whenever the mood hits.

  • Serves4
  • Prep time5 minutes
Dec-23-PVX-Amaretto-sour

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (185ml) amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 (125ml) lemon juice, chilled
  • 1 free range egg white
  • 1 tbs simple syrup
  • Ice cubes, to serve
  • Morello cherries, to serve
  • Orange slices, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 382kJ/91 Cals (4%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 0.1g (0%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Sodium: 18mg (1%), Carb: 4g (1%), Sugar: 4g (4%), Dietary Fibre: 1g (3%).

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Method

  1. Step 1

    Place the amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, egg white and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake for 1 min or until very frothy.

  2. Step 2

    Fill serving glasses with ice. Pour amaretto sour into glasses. Serve with cherries and orange slices.

Recipe tip

  • To make a simple syrup, stir 1 cup (220g) white sugar and 1 cup (250ml) water in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer for about 8 mins or until reduced to about 1 cup (250ml). Transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge to chill.

  • Adjust the sweetness and acidity of this cocktail to suit your taste.

  • While Maraschino cherries are often the choice to garnish this drink with, they are not always available. We think bottled Morello or fresh cherries would work just as well.

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage:
Store your amaretto in a cool dark place like a pantry or liquor cabinet. If exposed to high heat, it may evaporate.

Use it up: The complex flavour of amaretto works beautifully in desserts that use stone fruit like this plum cake and roasted peach cheesecake.  

Go retro with our amaretto sour recipe

While the 1970s have been described as the decade taste forgot, this certainly isn’t true of the cocktails. Whether or not you think Blue Lagoons and Harvey Wallbangers are best left in the past with flared jeans, there’s no denying that pina coladas and Long Island iced teas have stood the test of time. One of the lesser known drinks of this period is the amaretto sour cocktail. Named after its main ingredient, it stars the sweet and nutty flavour of amaretto balanced with lemon juice and shaken with smooth and silky egg white to create a rounded, full-bodied drink. As amaretto is most commonly drunk as a digestif, this classic drink can be served after a meal, but the lively citrus notes mean it’s also great as an aperitif. Or you could always pay homage to amaretto sours history by making up a pitcher and throwing a little disco party. 

What's in an amaretto sour?

Amaretto is the star of this cocktail. Real amaretto is made from the kernels of stone fruit and almonds and has a slightly bitter edge and cherry-like flavour. While you can use bottled lemon juice, freshly squeezed provides a far superior amaretto sour flavour. Sour cocktails in general benefit from real juice squeezed from the fruits as they owe their bright, punchy notes to citrus. A simple sugar syrup balances the cocktail. Egg white adds mouthfeel and thickness as well as a fun frothy head. 

How to make amaretto sours

Measure your amaretto sour ingredients carefully before pouring them into the cocktail shaker. A dry shake (without ice) is ideal for cocktails that require emulsification, such as those with egg, cream or espresso. Wet shakes (with ice) are better for drinks that require chilling and dilution. Ensure your cocktail shaker is firmly sealed before you begin – a few good taps on the top should do it. 

Where some cocktails only need to be shaken for 10 seconds, we give these a good 30 seconds in order to get a really frothy mixture, with big bubbles that will end up topping the drink. Hold the top and the bottom of the shaker and shake vigorously over your shoulder. 

How to serve your amaretto sours

After shaking, pour your finished cocktail into tumblers filled with ice, like we use for our margarita recipe. It’s worth buying a giant ice cube mould. Not only does the sole ice cube look dramatic, it melts slowly to keep the drink from watering down too quickly. We’ve used both maraschino cherries and sliced orange for our amaretto sour garnish. As well as being a colourful nod to the 1970s, the orange adds to the citrus element and the cherries have a sweet yet bitter flavour that complements amaretto.

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Amaretto sour

Amaretto sour
  • Serves4
  • Prep time5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 (125ml) lemon juice, chilled
  • 1 free range egg white
  • 1 tbs simple syrup
  • Ice cubes, to serve
  • Morello cherries, to serve
  • Orange slices, to serve
    Description

    Everything old is new again with our recipe for the retro amaretto sour. Serve this zesty cocktail before or after dinner or whenever the mood hits.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Place the amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, egg white and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake for 1 min or until very frothy.

    2. Step 2

      Fill serving glasses with ice. Pour amaretto sour into glasses. Serve with cherries and orange slices.