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Amaretto Sour

Although Amaretto has the flavour of almonds, it is not actually made from almonds but the kernels or pips of apricots.

There are several elements happening simultaneously with this ingenious Cocktail. A sweet, frothy and 'sour' tantalizing combination that just zings in the mouth. A truly great sipping Cocktail - if you like Amaretto.

Sours are one of the earliest forms of Cocktails containing a sour (lemon or lime generally) and a sweetener - in this Cocktail Amaretto. The addition of a few dashes of Angostura bitters simply adds to the flavour and texture. The ingredients need to be 'just right' and correctly balanced to obtain that extraordinary, wonderful sensual mouth-gasm.

  • 2 Shot Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 Shot Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 Fresh Egg White
  • 1 Shot Angostura Bitters
How to make one: 
  1. Place all the ingredients into a Boston Shaker - dry, no ice
  2. Shake to emulsify the ingredients together
  3. Strain into a chilled ice-filled Coupe glass

Lazzaroni Amaretto, produced by an Italian company Paulo Lazzaroni & Figli claim to be the first company to have created Amaretto liqueur (from Macaroons) dating back to 1851 some 49 years before the more famous Amaretto Disaronno. However both claim to have 'original' recipes dating back as far as 1525 and 1718.

It is not known whom actually created the Amaretto Sour Cocktail.  However it was inevitable that some Mixologist somewhere in the world would add Amaretto to Lime or Lemon juice to Amaretto Liqueur - and thank goodness they did.  It is a beautiful Cocktail, rounded Cocktail.


Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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