The Godfather Cocktail is a simple yet classic drink that exudes sophistication and depth, combining the smoky sweetness of Scotch whisky with the rich, almond notes of amaretto. This cocktail is said to have been a favorite of Marlon Brando, thus associating it with his iconic role in “The Godfather” movie series. Its simplicity makes it an excellent choice for a nightcap or a relaxed evening drink.


  • 2 ounces Scotch whisky
  • 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist or maraschino cherry, for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Glass: Fill a rocks glass or an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Mix the Cocktail: Pour the Scotch whisky and amaretto liqueur over the ice.
  3. Stir: Gently stir the mixture with a cocktail spoon or a regular spoon to ensure the whisky and amaretto are well combined. The goal is to chill the drink slightly while maintaining its strong character.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with an orange twist or a maraschino cherry if desired. The orange twist adds a subtle citrus aroma that complements the nutty sweetness of the amaretto, while the cherry adds a touch of color and sweetness.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy the rich, warming flavors.


  • The traditional ratio for a Godfather Cocktail is 2 parts Scotch whisky to 1 part amaretto. However, feel free to adjust the proportions according to your taste, especially if you prefer a sweeter or stronger drink.
  • For a smoother drink, consider using a single malt Scotch. For a drink with more bite, a blended Scotch works well.
  • Experiment with different brands of amaretto to find the one that best suits your palate.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g (mostly from the amaretto)
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

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


  • Serves: 1

The Godfather Cocktail is a testament to the idea that great things come in simple packages. Its two-ingredient recipe delivers a complex and enjoyable drinking experience, making it a timeless choice for whisky and amaretto lovers alike.

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