Mix up an amaretto sour cocktail, then try our whisky sour, pisco sour, Tom collins and more cocktail sours. Also, check out more of our easy cocktail recipes.

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your amaretto sour to the next level.

What is an amaretto sour?

This classic sour cocktail, made using the almond-flavoured Italian liqueur amaretto, emerged during the 1970s, and was especially popular during the disco era. Nutty, rounded and gently tart, it’s a good option for those who prefer their sours on the sweeter side.

Amaretto sour ingredients

Use fresh lemon juice to balance out the sweetness of the drink. A dash of bourbon wouldn’t go amiss if you’d like a little more backbone to the drink.

Bar hacks

Shake the cocktail well to ensure a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the drink. Use a tumbler or old fashioned glass.

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Vegan amaretto sour

To make this recipe vegan, swap the egg white for 1 tbsp of aquafaba.


  • 50ml amaretto
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries, plus cherries from the jar to garnish
  • 1 tbsp egg white, (freeze the rest of the egg white for use in meringues or other recipes)


  • STEP 1

    Put the amaretto, lemon juice, cherry syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake really well until the outside of the shaker is cold.

  • STEP 2

    Strain the cocktail into an old fashioned glass. Skewer a few maraschino cherries onto a cocktail skewer and use this to garnish the glass.

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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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