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The Godfather

If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious cocktail to impress your guests, look no further than the Godfather. This classic drink has been around since the 1970s and is made with just two ingredients: scotch and amaretto. The result is a smooth and sweet cocktail that’s perfect as a nightcap or after-dinner drink.

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To make a Godfather, simply stir equal parts scotch and amaretto in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Some variations call for a twist of lemon or a splash of cream, but the basic recipe remains the same. 

While the Godfather may not be as well-known as some other classic cocktails, it’s a tasty and easy-to-make drink that’s sure to impress. With its simple proportions and smooth sweetness, it’s a great way to enjoy a glass of scotch without overpowering its flavor. Plus, with just two ingredients, it’s a great way to keep things simple while still enjoying a delicious mixed drink.

History

The Godfather cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for decades. It is a simple yet sophisticated blend of scotch whisky and amaretto, an Italian liqueur made from almonds. The drink is named after the famous 1972 Oscar-winning film, The Godfather, which prominently features the Italian mob.

The exact origins of the Godfather cocktail are unclear, but it is believed to have been invented in the 1970s. The drink gained popularity after it was rumored to be the favorite cocktail of Marlon Brando, who played the role of Don Corleone in the movie.

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Scotch whisky is the primary ingredient in the Godfather cocktail. It is a type of single malt whisky that is made exclusively in Scotland. The smoky and peaty flavor of scotch whisky pairs well with the sweet and nutty flavor of amaretto, making the Godfather cocktail a well-balanced drink.

The Godfather cocktail is a classic drink that has stood the test of time. It is a perfect blend of scotch whisky and amaretto, and it is enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts all over the world. Whether you are a fan of the Italian mob or just looking for a sophisticated drink to enjoy, the Godfather cocktail is a great choice.

How to Make It

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Godfather

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a Godfather cocktail is a simple process that requires only two ingredients: scotch and amaretto liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whisky

Instructions

    1. Mix the whiskey and Amaretto in a metal shaker and stir until blended and cold
    2. Pour over cubed ice and enjoy

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Selecting Your Scotch

There are many different Scotch options out there. When you’re making a Godfather, you can choose between single malt scotch and blended scotch and then choose a brand.

Single Malt Scotch is a type of Scotch that is made from 100% malted barley. This type of Scotch is perfect for those who prefer a smokier and more intense flavor profile. Single Malt Scotch is a great option for those who want to make a Godfather cocktail with a more intense flavor.

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Blended Scotch is a type of Scotch that is made from a blend of different whiskies. This type of Scotch is perfect for those who prefer a smoother and less intense flavor profile. Blended Scotch is a great option for those who want to make a Godfather cocktail with a less intense flavor.

While the traditional Godfather cocktail is made with Scotch whisky, you can substitute bourbon for a twist on the classic recipe if you prefer. The resulting cocktail will have a slightly different flavor profile, as bourbon has a sweeter and smoother taste than Scotch whisky.

Variations

The Godfather cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for decades. However, there are many variations of this cocktail that can add a new level of excitement and complexity to this beloved classic. Here are a few of the most popular variations:

Godmother Cocktail

The Godmother cocktail is a variation of the Godfather cocktail that replaces the Scotch with vodka. This results in a smoother and less smoky flavor profile. The Godmother cocktail is perfect for those who prefer a less intense cocktail.

Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is a classic cocktail that combines Scotch and Drambuie. This cocktail is similar to the Godfather, but the addition of Drambuie adds a sweet and herbal flavor. The Rusty Nail is perfect for those who prefer a sweeter cocktail.

French Connection

The French Connection is a classic cocktail that combines Cognac and Amaretto. This cocktail is similar to the Godfather, but the addition of Cognac adds a fruity and floral flavor. The French Connection is perfect for those who prefer a more complex cocktail.

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Godchild

The Godchild is a variation of the Godfather cocktail that replaces the Scotch with brandy. This results in a sweeter and fruitier flavor profile. The Godchild is perfect for those who prefer a sweeter cocktail.

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that combines whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar. This cocktail is similar to the Godfather, but the addition of lemon juice adds a sour and tangy flavor. The Whiskey Sour is perfect for those who prefer a more tart cocktail.

Goddaughter

The Goddaughter is a variation of the Godfather cocktail that replaces the Scotch with white wine. This results in a lighter and more refreshing flavor profile. The Goddaughter is perfect for those who prefer a lighter and more refreshing cocktail.

Smoked Godfather

To make a smoked Godfather cocktail, you will need to smoke the glass before adding the cocktail ingredients. You can do this by using a handheld smoker or a smoking gun to infuse the glass with smoke. Once the glass is smoked, add the Scotch whisky and amaretto liqueur in equal parts, along with ice. Stir the cocktail and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. The smoky flavor adds a unique twist to the classic Godfather cocktail.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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