This one’s on the “List”

I will admit, I have a list of “safe” cocktails. These are drinks that – no matter what kind of bar you’re in – you’re probably going to get a good drink. Two on that list are the Whiskey Sour and the Amaretto Sour.

Now, that’s not to say every bar will serve you the same drink. I’ve found a dive bar amaretto sour is a very different experience from a “craft” amaretto sour. Either way, there’s a pretty good chance you’re getting a tasty drink.


When I asked Chris for an Amaretto Sour, however, he couldn’t bring himself to make something simple. (Is anyone surprised?) I coaxed him to stick close to the traditional recipe, but let him have some fun with the garnish. To his credit, I think the result is a gorgeous cocktail. (Plus, I’m a sucker for these cocktail cherries, so I was not complaining.) Oh, and you can find that awesome mustache cocktail stirrer here on Amazon.

The ice in this one is one large, single ice cube. I love how it rises up under the foam and gives a platform for the garnish. Beautiful!

… By the way, we were fighting the camera a bit on this one, so some of the photos aren’t quite as clear as I’d like. But I’m not one to keep a tasty cocktail to myself simply due to a slight blur! Drink up. 🙂

Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto Sour is smooth, sweet and nutty – it’s one of my favorite Sours!
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  • 1 1/2 oz Amaretto (We used Disaronno)
  • 1 oz Brandy (We used Courvoisier VS)
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Egg Whites


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice. (Dry Shake)
  • Add ice and shake well
  • Strain into a rocks glass prepared with a large ice cube
  • Garnish with lemon wheel and (optional) cocktail cherries.