Amaretto Sours

Next time you’re looking for an easy-to-make, not-too-boozy dessert cocktail, might I recommend you shake up an Amaretto Sour. It’s a truly delicious drink. Plus, if you already have Amaretto liqueur on hand, maybe from mixing up these snickerdoodle martinis, then you’re basically already there. This is a super simple amaretto sours recipe that anyone can make.

I’ve seen Amaretto Sours made a few different ways, but the version I love is just three ingredients plus garnish. Above we created this cute graphic that shows the ratios of ingredients. You can pin or save this for future reference. You serve this in a small coup, martini glass, or over ice in a rocks glass or small tumbler.

But hey, if you pour this over ice in a coffee mug to sip on your back porch with friends, you won’t get any judgment from me. 🙂

Here’s a fun little serving trick to try. Freeze ice sideways in a rocks glass, then you can just pour the cocktail in and you’re ready to go. You can use anything from baking soda, flour, or granulated sugar to hold glasses sideways while they set in the freezer. Just be sure there is no liquid/moisture on the outside of the glasses beforehand because otherwise some of that substance may freeze to the outside of the glass.

Amaretto Sours: They are fun, they are sweet, they are delicious. Cheers! xo. Emma

5 from 5 votes

Amaretto Sours

Servings 1


  • 2 ounces Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice about half a lemon
  • 1-2 cherries and an orange wedge for garnish


  1. To a cocktail shaker add ice, amaretto, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes very cold in your hand. Strain into a coup or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry (or two) and a orange wedge.

Recipe Notes

This is certainly a sweet, dessert-like cocktail, but I personally like to go a little heavy on the lemon juice and a little light on the simple syrup. Still roughly an ounce of each but as you pour into your jigger you can control if it's a very full ounce or not. Adjust as you prefer.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • 5 stars
    This is the perfect example of how a few simple ingredients can really create something so delicious! It’s also perfect for every occasion. LOVE IT!!!

  • Amaretto sours make me think of college. My friends would always order them, but I never cared for them. I thought I didn’t like Amaretto for years, but have since learned I just don’t care for the sour mix that bars use. This version sounds way better.

    • 5 stars
      Yes, it’s for sure a sweeter cocktail. I think of it as a dessert drink, meaning just one is enough (sugar) for me. If I’m planning to have more than one drink I’d probably stick to something a little less sweet or wine. 🙂

  • amaretto sours were always my go to order when I went into a bar or club in my early 20s. Surprisingly, I’ve never made them myself. Think it’s time to change that!

  • Sounds like such a great drink to make to grasp the tail of summer! Perfect! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Yes! This makes me wish I lived near The Golden Girl Rum Club. I love the idea of the sideways ice.

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