This week I’m going to cover one of those deceptively simple cocktails. The Amaretto Sour only has two ingredients, Amaretto and Lemon Juice and yet it is so often executed poorly. I guarantee if you’ve ordered an Amaretto Sour out somewhere you’ve been served a poorly prepared drink. Why? Sour mix.
The classic recipes call for lemon juice and I assure you the drink was created with fresh lemon juice in mind. When you use sour mix you get a sweeter drink than you will with fresh juice which, in turn, throws off the balance of the drink. So, on that note I’ll leave you with this example of how not to make the drink followed by a recipe on how to make it.
Amaretto Sour (Joy of Mixology)
2 oz Amaretto 1 oz Lemon Juice 1 Maraschino Cherry 1/2 Orange Wheel
1) Combine amaretto and lemon juice over ice 2) Shake and strain into a chilled sour glass 3) Garnish with cherry and orange wheel