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Amaretto Sour

The biggest question surrounding an Amaretto Sour is whether you make it from scratch or with a store-bought sour mix.

Amaretto Sour
Amaretto Sour

We say you make it from scratch. If you're in a pinch, then sure, you could use a mix. But like a good home-cooked meal, a fresh Amaretto Sour doesn't leave you with that hint-of-plastic aftertaste that a mix does.

Unlike other Amaretto Sour mixes that add Bourbon, our version of the cocktail adds a splash of Dark Rum to the mix. But just a splash. Adding too much hard liquor is going to alter the flavor profile of the mixed drink.

We tend to stick with Disaronno when making Amaretto Sours. Not because we want to be snobbish about the brand, but because we prefer the consistency of its quality. There's a wide variety of quality found in the various brands of Amaretto liquers on the market.

As for Dark Rum, or Bourbon, elect your favorite. However, if you're favorite happens to be a private stock Rum or well-aged Bourbon, maybe just use something off of a lower shelf, as the point is to serve as an additional flavor.


  1. Cocktail Shaker
  2. Delmonico Glass
  3. Ice
  4. Rocks Glass


Ingredient Amount
Amaretto 2oz
Fresh Lemon Juice 1oz
Fresh Lime Juice 1/2oz
Rum (Dark) 1oz
Simple Syrup 1 Teaspoon
Garnish Lemon or Lime Twist and 1-2 Cherries

Substitute Ingredients & Variations

  • You can substitute Lemon & Lime juice for Sweet & Sour Mix
  • You can substitute Dark Rum for Bourbon
  • You can substitute Simple Syrup for a sugar cube or two
  • You can add a dash of Sprite or Lemon-Lime flavored soda to the mixed drink.
  • You can add an egg white if it suits the mood
  • You can garnish with an orange slice if you're feeling it


  1. The ingredients to make an Amaretto Sour

    Gather Ingredients

    The ingredients to make an Amaretto Sour include Amaretto, Dark Rum, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup.

  2. 2.

    Add the Amaretto

  3. 3.

    Add the Rum

  4. 4.

    Add the Fresh Lemon Juice

  5. 5.

    Add the Simple Syrup

  6. 6.

    Shake vigorously

  7. 7.

    Garnish with Cherries

  8. Step Eight: Serve the Amaretto Sour

    Serve the Cocktail

    You're finished making the drink. Enjoy.


What type of glass do you pour an Amaretto Sour cocktail into?

A Delmonico Glass. A Rocks Glass works as well.

What does an Amaretto Sour pair well with?

Amaretti Cookies, of course.