The Story Behind The Amaretto Sour

When you can’t choose between sweet and sour, the Amaretto Sour’s here for you. Despite its use of Italian liqueur, many believe the drink was originally created in the United States sometime in the 1970s.

It’s not hard to see why this cocktail’s become so commonplace over the years — the almond nuttiness of Amaretto is enhanced by the bright citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Together, they intertwine into a drink that’s rich and succulent all at once (and slightly reminiscent of a sweet and crunchy biscotti.) For those who have never had an Amaretto Sour, it’s time to get acquainted. The drink holds a spot on the list of the world’s 50 most popular cocktails. Now, read more about the other 49.


  • 1½ ounces Lazzaroni Amaretto
  • ½ ounce cask-strength bourbon
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Garnish: Marashcino cherry and bitters


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake without ice to break down the egg white.
  3. Add ice then shake again until chilled.
  4. Fine-strain into a rocks glass over ice, or serve up in a coupe.
  5. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a few dashes of bitters.

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Yield: 1
Calories: 547
Updated: 2024-04-22

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