Have you ever tried making an amaretto sour recipe? Amaretto is a unique type of Italian liquor that is made from almonds and sometimes the seeds from apricots. It is quite a versatile drink and can be used in a variety of different cocktails, but one of the most popular cocktails to make with this liquor is the famous amaretto sour.
Unfortunately, many people have a bad opinion about this cocktail. More often than not, this is because amaretto sours can be almost disgustingly sweet. This is due to the fact that amaretto is already quite sweet and many amaretto sour recipes rely on equally sweet pre-made sweet and sour mixes. This is a recipe for disaster and will only result in a somewhat gross, very sweet drink.
The trick is to skip the pre-made sweet and sour mix and instead opt for real ingredients. Another trick is to use an egg white. Why? Because egg whites are typically used for most “sour” cocktails, including the classic whiskey sour. A good amaretto sour will be somewhat sweet but not overly sweet.
It will also have a delightful kick. But where should you start when making this special cocktail? Keep reading and find out.
Amaretto Sour Recipe
Before you get started, you should make sure you have all the right ingredients in the right quantities. Here are the ingredients you will need to get started:
- 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
- 3/4 bourbon whiskey
- 1 ounce lemon juice (fresh, if possible)
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- (optional) garnish of lemon twist or a brandied cherry
Making the Drink
First, combine the amaretto liquor, bourbon, lemon juice, egg white, and simple syrup into your shaker and shake them well until they’re combined. Shake them first without any ice. This is known as a dry shake. After a few seconds, add a handful of ice and continue shaking.
Adding the ice will help the egg white start to get light and foamy. After you’re done shaking everything together, strain the drink into a glass with some ice. The drink will be golden or somewhat orange in color with a delightful layer of white foam from the egg white resting on top. The bourbon and lemon juice will balance out the sweetness of the simple syrup and the amaretto.
The foamed egg white will also give the drink a light and fluffy element (but keep in mind that there is always the risk of food poisoning from uncooked eggs). For garnish, don’t forget a twist of lemon or some brandied cherries. And the ice, of course, will make sure the drink is cool and refreshing. All together, this drink is certainly something to sit back and enjoy, especially on a hot day or if you’re craving something sweet, and now you know how to make amaretto sour.
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