Amaretto is a liqueur, alcohol sweetened with fruit, sugar, or herbs. This sweet liqueur is made with almonds and stone-fruit pits, giving it a delightfully nutty and luscious flavor. Originating in Italy, this liqueur has been around since the 16th century, possibly earlier.
Cocktails made with amaretto come in various flavors, including fruity beverages, herbal concoctions, and dessert coffee drinks. We’ve gathered some of the best amaretto cocktail recipes showcasing this unique liqueur flavor.
A “sour” is a variety of cocktail which combines liquor with citrus and sugar. There are many cocktails in the sour family, like Whiskey Sour, but the Amaretto Sour stands out due to the subtle almond flavor from the liqueur.
This Amaretto Sour recipe combines amaretto, simple syrup, and lemon juice with a cherry garnish.
The Old Fashioned is one of the most well-known cocktails in the world, and the Almond Old Fashioned puts a slight twist on this old classic. A traditional Old Fashioned consists of whiskey, sugar, and bitters.
This recipe adds amaretto and uses brown sugar and bourbon for a warm, caramel-scented drink.
The Alabama Slammer is one of the most famous southern cocktails, alongside stars like the Mint Julep and the Hurricane. This fruity concoction was likely invented at the University of Alabama but is a college favorite nationwide.
This Alabama Slammer recipe combines amaretto with Southern Comfort whiskey, Sloe Gin, and orange juice.
The “White Russian” is a famous cocktail invented in the 1960s and later popularized by the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. The cocktail combines vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream for a delicious caffeinated cocktail.
This Soiree Amaretto Russian recipe is similar but adds a bit of amaretto for an amazing almond flavor.
When you think of a margarita, your mind immediately goes to tequila. However, this Fresh Cherry Amaretto Margarita recipe proves that herbal liqueurs like amaretto work just as well, if not better, in a tasty margarita.
Fresh cherries create the margarita base, and a little bit of maraschino cherry liqueur helps solidify that tasty cherry flavor.
The light and subtly fruity flavor of amaretto shine in this alcoholic coffee drink. A twinge of citrus can help brighten and warm coffee, so the amaretto pairs well with a standard brew or a sharp espresso.
The whipped cream is optional here, but we recommend it to add some creaminess to the coffee.
The French Connection is one of the simplest cocktails on our list. The recipe has only two ingredients: amaretto and cognac.
However, the almond notes of the amaretto mixed with the spicy citrus notes of the cognac create an incredible drink.
The cocktail’s name comes from the famous 1971 action film, The French Connection.
With a centuries-old liqueur like amaretto, it’s no wonder people have figured out so many different cocktail combinations. This liqueur is incredibly versatile, with cocktails ranging from fresh and bittersweet to warm and chocolatey.
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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.