Drink Recipe:: Amaretto Sour

by Negronis Greg

Hey there, it's Greg, and today we're talking about the Amaretto Sour, one of my personal favorites. This cocktail is a delicious blend of sweet and sour flavors with a hint of almond from the amaretto liqueur.

The Amaretto Sour is believed to have originated in the late 19th century in Italy, where amaretto liqueur was first created. The cocktail gained popularity in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s, and has been a favorite ever since.

To make an Amaretto Sour, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange slice and maraschino cherry

To make the drink, combine the amaretto liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Now, let's talk about who is making the best Amaretto Sour today. In my opinion, it's all about balance when it comes to this drink. You want to taste the sweet almond flavor of the amaretto, but also get a nice kick of sourness from the lemon juice. Some bars and restaurants may add too much of one or the other, throwing off the balance.

One spot that does an amazing job with their Amaretto Sour is Bar Clacson in Los Angeles. They use fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a touch of egg white to give the drink a frothy texture. It's absolutely delicious and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

In terms of pairing, the Amaretto Sour goes really well with Italian-inspired dishes like pasta or pizza. The sweet and sour flavors of the drink complement the rich and savory flavors of the food really well. Trust me, it's a winning combo.

Overall, the Amaretto Sour is a classic cocktail that is definitely worth trying. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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