The Amaretto sour cocktail is known for its smooth, sweet and sour taste, which makes it the perfect go-to summer drink for sipping by the poolside. Amaretto sours are more versatile than you may think and can be altered to fit your personal tastes, whether you prefer it super sweet, luxuriously smooth, or filled with citrusy tartness.

Citrus cocktail

As a close relative to the margarita, whiskey sour and sidecar, the amaretto sour is a blend of one part almond-flavored liqueur, lemon, lime, or orange, and one part sweetener. Because of it's shaken quality, you can add as much or as little alcohol as you wish. However, amaretto is the dominant flavor in this beverage, so if you plan to serve with food, adjust accordingly so that the flavors do not clash. Once shaken, just poor into your favorite glass, top with a maraschino cherry and you're good to go. The following is a recipe that you will surely enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • A metal cocktail shaker
  • Some ice
  • 1 ½ oz. Amaretto Liquor
  • 1 oz of simple syrup or dissolved sugar in water
  • ¾ oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 egg white (optional)*

How to Make It

1.Fill the cocktail shaker, halfway with ice.

2. Pour the amaretto liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice together. Shake until blended thoroughly.

3. Strain into a glass halfway filled with ice. Top with an orange slice and maraschino cherry and enjoy!

*Egg whites add a hint of frothiness and creaminess to the beverage. Just lightly whisk the egg white, blend with the other ingredients, shake and you're all set.

Nut-Free Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

Many amaretto liqueurs contain almonds which can prove problematic for those with food allergies. Amaretto actually comes from the pits of apricot kernels, so it doesn't usually affect those with aversions. However, to be on the safe side, always check labels for almond or nut ingredients. To avoid such allergens, steer clear of drinks that you're uncertain about. Instead, try alternatives or make your own at home, such as the whiskey sour or the perfect margarita, both of which are refreshing, delicious, and worry-free.

Low-Calorie Amaretto Sour

Cocktail beverage

Low-calorie drinks are very popular for those who are watching their figure, but one of the many causes of concern when it comes to low-calorie drinks is taste. However, there are many substitutes that manage to keep the flavor even while

The skinny amaretto sour contains about 150 calories and 28 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

  • 1 c. diet lemon lime soda
  • 1 oz. of sour mix
  • 1 oz. of amaretto
  • 1 tbsp. Maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Mix ingredients with ice together in a shaker, blend, pour and enjoy!

Mock Amaretto Sour

Orange cocktail with lime

If you are a non-alcoholic drinker, you can still enjoy the fine taste of an amaretto sour. Non-alcoholic beverages tend to be a little bit sweeter without the bitterness that is often associated with liqueur, but isn't short on taste. Whether you're an occasional or complete non-alcoholic consumer, virgin alternatives are an excellent way to enjoy the flavor without the buzz. You may also make a large pitcher to share or enjoy for later.

  • 2 ½ oz. of amaretto
  • 2 oz. of maraschino cherry syrup
  • 4 of Sprite
  • Ice

Mix all the ingredients with ice together into a pitcher. Serve and enjoy!

Amaretto sours are so delicious that it's no wonder why they are one of the most popular summer beverages around. With so many options to fit your lifestyle and tastes, the amaretto sour is a sure crowd pleaser that will not only tempt your taste buds but will cool you down as the temperature heats up. Try these amazing recipes to enjoy this summer to add a little splash to your day.

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