The Amaretto Sour is a bit of a guilty pleasure drink, but as renowned Portland, Oregon bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has proven, one that's not beyond saving. While the "classic" Amaretto Sour was simply made with two ounces of amaretto and a boatload of crappy sour mix, this modern version stands up as a pretty damn good cocktail.
There are a few tricks to making your Amaretto Sour stand out from the crowd. First, as always, is the inclusion of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a bit of egg white for a nice, velvety texture. Then, because amaretto is pretty sweet on its own, you don't need to use very much simple syrup at all. But perhaps the most important modification is the inclusion of cask-strength bourbon, which adds some much-needed kick and helps the amaretto stand up to the other ingredients.
To watch Morgenthaler rant about the Amaretto Sour and make his own, check out this video from Small Screen Network.
|1.5 oz amaretto|
|0.75 oz cask-strength bourbon|
|1 oz lemon juice|
|1 barspoon simple syrup|
|0.5 oz egg white, beaten|
Preparation: How to make an Amaretto Sour
- Dry shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (without ice).
- Add ice, and shake well until chilled.
- Strain over fresh ice into an Old-Fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a cherry and a lemon twist.