Amaretto Sour

2020-06-02
  • 45 ml Amaretto
  • 22.5 ml / 25-30 ml Cask Strength Bourbon/80 Proof Bourbon
  • 30 ml Squeezed Lemon
  • 5 ml Rich Simple Syrup
  • Egg White

Garnish: Maraschino Cherry / Lemon twist / both
Process: Do a Dry Shake or Reverse Dry Shake all ingredients. Strain into glass (with ice depending on the glass).

Idea: Try a cask-strength bourbon as Morgenthaler originally specified (e.g. Booker’s)

Discovered this drink in a cocktail bar in Barcelona. Have been trying to recreate it ever since.

Modern (Morgenthaler Formula)

Difford’s remove the sirup and add slightly more (30ml) bourbon. I guess due to not using Cask-Strength bourbon.

  • 45 ml Amaretto
  • 22.5 ml Cask-Strength Bourbon Whiskey
  • 30 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 / 15ml Egg White
  • 5 ml Rich Simple Syrup

Source: Difford’s Guide (p.83), Jeffrey Morgenthaler, H2D

Classic Recipe

  • 2x Amaretto
  • 1x Lemon Juice
  • ½x Egg White
  • 1 dash Angustora Aromatic Bitters (A few more might balance the drink better according to Difford)

Process: Do a Dry Shake or Reverse Dry Shake all ingredients. Strain into glass (with ice depending on the glass).

Source: Difford’s Guide (p.83)

Sources & Inspiration


My Attempts

Attempt 3

  • 45 ml Amaretto
  • 25 ml Bourbon
  • 30 ml Squeezed Lemon
  • 5 ml Rich Simple Syrup
  • Egg White

Very good.

Morgenthaler’s ratio (2.5ml more Bourbon by accident, didn’t matter. Also, I used a 45%, so I guess it’s fine with a bit more).

Attempt 2 - Maker’s Mark

  • Amaretto
  • 1 Bourbon
  • 1 half Squeezed Lemon
  • 1 tsp Rich Simple Syrup
  • Egg White

The foam is way better with a real egg white.
Maybe a bit too sour ?

Idea: Try a cask-strength bourbon as Morgenthaler originally specified (e.g. Booker’s as the main man use himself)
Idea: Try Morgenthalers original ratio

Attempt 1 - Bulleit

Decent, but not overwhelming. You can taste all the ingredients, but none of them too much.

  • 1½x Amaretto
  • 2x Bulleit Bourbon (Increased due to Amaretto overwhelming otherwise. With a stronger bourbon this might not be necessary)
  • 1.25 Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Rich Simple Syrup