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Amaretto Sour

Image: Tim Nusog

The Amaretto Sour gets a bad rap. Too often, it’s overly sweet and relies on premade sour mix. We enlisted Portland mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler to give us his take on the classic Amaretto Sour. What he came up with is nothing short of magic. This drink turns out frothy, sweet, sour, nutty and strong.

Combining amaretto with bourbon, fresh lemon juice, rich simple syrup and egg white creates a perfectly balanced Amaretto Sour. What are you waiting for? Go nuts with our recipe below.


  • 1 1/2 oz Amaretto liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Cask-proof bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Rich simple syrup*
  • 1/2 oz Egg white, beaten
  • Garnish: Lemon twist
  • Garnish: Brandied cherries


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (no ice).

  2. Add ice and shake again until chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist and 2 skewered brandied cherries.