It’s Friday…Have a Drink: Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Cocktail
It’s Friday…Have a Drink: Amaretto Sour
Our weekly recommendation.

This is not your traditional sickly-sweet version of this drink. I am using Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe. Why? Because he’s a fantastic bartender and he knows what he’s doing. I added a few dashes of bitters, though, because I can’t help myself. The addition of bourbon is unusual, but it thoroughly works, lending a depth of flavor that the cocktail normally lacks. Morgenthaler recommends cask-strength (around 125 proof) bourbon, but that stuff’s hard to come by and expensive. I used 100 proof Knob Creek and it worked quite well.

This one was requested by my friend’s wife, and happens to be a favorite of my own wife, so that’s all the excuse I needed to make a couple of them up. It’s an unheralded cocktail, but it’s quite tasty. If you like Amaretto or almond-flavored stuff in general, you will like this. I guarantee it, or I will give you a full refund for this column. The egg white makes a noticeable difference in texture. If you’re freaked out by raw eggs, you can omit it or use pasteurized egg whites, but speaking as someone who is terrified of foodborne illness and treats anything that has even come close to raw chicken as if it needs full immersion in disinfectant … you really shouldn’t be scared of raw eggs, especially when they’re fresh, and you’re mixing them with alcohol.

  • 1.5 oz Amaretto (I like Luxardo)
  • .75 oz. High-Proof Bourbon (I recommend Knob Creek here)
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz. Egg White, Lightly Beaten
  • 2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters (I used The Bitter Truth)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ICE and shake for a few seconds (this is called “dry shaking” and helps the egg whites blend). Then add ice, and shake very thoroughly. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.


This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

Christopher Buecheler

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website,