The Amaretto Sour is a classic cocktail that perfectly balances the almond sweetness of amaretto liqueur with the tartness of fresh lemon juice, complemented by a hint of sugar to round out the flavors. This cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, making it an ideal choice for an aperitif or a relaxing drink any time of the day.


  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • Orange slice, for garnish (optional)
  • Egg white (optional, for frothiness)


  1. Prepare the Cocktail Shaker: If using an egg white for a frothy texture, add it to the cocktail shaker first. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds without ice to create froth (this is called a dry shake).
  2. Mix the Cocktail: Add the amaretto liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and a generous amount of ice cubes to the shaker.
  3. Shake: Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker feels cold. This will chill the cocktail and further blend the ingredients.
  4. Strain and Serve: Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice. The fine strain is recommended if you used egg white to remove any large bubbles and create a smooth foam.
  5. Garnish: Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an optional orange slice. The cherry adds a touch of sweetness and color, while the orange slice provides a citrusy aroma.
  6. Enjoy: Serve the Amaretto Sour immediately, inviting the drinker to enjoy the creamy texture and balanced flavors.


  • For the simple syrup, you can easily make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, then cooling it before use.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your preference for sweetness. Some may prefer a more tart cocktail, while others might enjoy a sweeter flavor.
  • The addition of an egg white is optional but recommended for those who enjoy a creamy, frothy texture in their cocktails.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Protein: 0g (1g if using egg white)

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Amaretto Sour is a timeless cocktail that showcases the versatility of amaretto liqueur, blending its sweet almond flavor with the sharpness of lemon in a drink that’s both sophisticated and accessible. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or new to the world of mixed drinks, this cocktail is sure to impress with its delightful flavor and elegant presentation.

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