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Amaretto Stone Sour

Amaretto Stone Sour cocktail / Tim Nusog

A close cousin to the Amaretto Sour and not too far off from a Harvey Wallbanger, this simple cocktail combines the almond-flavored Italian liqueur for which it’s named with a host of citrus flavors. It’s the addition of orange juice that separates it from the most basic rendition of the Amaretto Sour. 

The drink rose to peak popularity in the 1970s alongside its better-known relative, although a predecessor, a gin-based Stone Sour, appeared in Tom Bullock’s “The Ideal Bartender,” published in 1917. 

You’ll want to make your own sour mix instead of using store-bought. It’s easy to do and infinitely improves the drink. You can even make a little extra and use it in cocktails like the Blue Hawaii and the AMF, too.


  • 1 1/2 ounces amaretto

  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 1/2 ounces sour mix*

  • Garnish: maraschino cherry

  • Garnish: orange half-wheel


  1. Add the amaretto, orange juice and sour mix into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange half-wheel.

*Sour mix: Combine 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 ounces simple syrup, adjusting sweetness to taste. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.