This throwback to a late 90’s/early 2000’s favorite is so much better than the amaretto sours of my early 20’s. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of drinks like Midori sours, mudslides, and of course, amaretto sours. Back then, I had no idea that you could make sour mix at home, or that it would taste SO much better if you used fresh squeezed citrus. I have really fond memories of those days, but I’ll never go back to those plastic bottles of bright yellow sour mix. Remember those??
My tastes have changed in the last 14 years, and though the thought of the sticky sweet bright green Midori makes me cringe, I’m still totally on board with amaretto as long as it’s the good stuff. This revisted amaretto sour is 10 times better than the ones I used to have, and it’s almost as easy. Make one and you’ll instantly be transported back.
Makes: 1 cocktail
For the amaretto sour
- 2 ounces high quality amaretto (such as Disaronno)*
- 1 ounce homemade sour mix
Homemade sour mix
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice*
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat, stirring frequently until sugar is fully dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then add the freshly squeeze lemon and lime juice and stir well. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. The sour mix will keep in the fridge for at least one month.
To make the amaretto sour
Add the amaretto and sour mix to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry if desired.
*Feel free to use all lemon juice instead. Or make a lime sour mix with just lime juice.