This bright and refreshing amaretto sour cocktail is the perfect party drink. It is unique, refreshing, and only requires 3 ingredients.
The Amaretto Sour is a great classic drink to add to your cocktail repertoire. Its origins are unknown, but it seems to have appeared on the bar scene in the early 1970s.
The best part is that it’s crazy simple to make, too. It tastes just like you’d get at the bar, only cheaper!
Why We Love This Cocktail
- Only 3 Ingredients: All are readily available at your local grocery or liquor store.
- Super Easy: No fancy equipment or a blender is required. Anyone can make this drink!
- Super Refreshing: Great for hot summer days!
- Dinner parties
- Girls night in
- Poker night
- Sipping on the deck after dinner
Ingredient Notes and Shopping Tips
- Amaretto: Amaretto is a sweet liquor that comes from Italy. It’s made with apricot kernels and has a name that literally means “little bitter.”
- Flavor: It has a nutty almond flavor with notes of brown sugar.
- Strength: 42 Proof or 21% ABV
- Price: $10-$20
- Brand Suggestions: My favorite brand is Amaretto di Amore. Dekuyper is also good.
- Also great In: Alabama Slammer, Boozy Coffee, and the Toasted Almond
- You can also use homemade amaretto in this recipe.
- Sweet and Sour Mix: This gives the drink that familiar citrus taste it is known for: part sweet and part sour. Look for it in the mixers section of your grocery store near the tonic water.
- You can also make it from scratch if desired.
- Sprite: Any lemon-lime soda will work here; Sprite is just my favorite.
- Amaretto Stone Sour: Add orange juice.
- Whiskey Sour: Use whiskey or bourbon instead.
- Make it boozier: Add a splash of vodka, rum or even bourbon.
- Add an egg white: Shake with a pasteurized egg white for a frothier drink. Avoid unpasteurized eggs. You can also use aquafaba (chickpea liquid) if raw egg whites weird you out.
- Non-Alcoholic: Use sour mix, sprite, and amaretto syrup.
- Blended: Blend with ice for a boozy slushie.
How To Make An Amaretto Sour
- Fill a glass with ice. Combine amaretto and sour mix.
- Pour into glass. Top off with Sprite.
How Strong Is This Drink?
This drink is 14 proof or 7% ABV. One serving equals around 1.1 standard drinks.
I will say though that it’s also one of those drinks to keep your eye on because it tastes so good you really do forget that there is any alcohol in it at all! Always enjoy responsibly.
Tips and Tricks
- Ice Cubes: Use sour mix or juice to make ice cubes to avoid a watered-down drink. You can also make crystal clear ice by using bottled instead of tap water.
- No cocktail shaker? No problem! Use a mason jar instead.
- Serve a Crowd: Multiply the ingredients by your number of guests to serve in a pitcher or as a punch. As long as you keep the ratio of 3 parts alcohol to 2 parts sour mix, it will taste perfect.
- Don’t Make In Advance: Make right before serving so the soda pop doesn’t lose its fizz.
- Storage: Store your amaretto in a cool, dry place, and it will last for several years.
More Great Cocktails
- 3 Ounces Amaretto
- 2 Ounces Sweet and Sour Mix
- Cherries and Orange Slices For Garnish, If Desired
- Amaretto: My favorite brand is Amaretto di Amore. Dekuyper is also good.
- Sweet and Sour Mix: Look for it in the mixers section of your grocery store near the tonic water.
- Ice Cubes: Use sour mix or juice to make ice cubes to avoid a watered down drink.
- Strength: Containing one serving of alcohol, this cocktail is considered one. Always enjoy responsibly.