Amaretto Sour with Bourbon

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If you like a classic sour, you must try this Amaretto Sour that combines the almond flavor of Amaretto with Whiskey, lemon and simple syrup.

The key to a good “sour” is using fresh ingredients, never a mix. Too many sours use overly sweet, artificial tasting sour mix that, for me, completely ruins the drink. Fresh lemon juice and simple syrup is the only way to go.

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Using Amaretto in this drink gives it a flavor variation that is fun and exciting. I love a whiskey sour, but adding the almond flavor to it just pushes it into a whole new realm.

You can use whatever whiskey you like in this cocktail. I typically use Bulleit Bourbon because I like the flavor. You could also use Bulleit Rye, or substitute with a whiskey of your choice.

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The egg white turns people off sometimes, but don’t shy away! It’s really good mixed in with the drink – making it slightly creamy, even though it’s not dairy. And it gives a lovely foamy top.

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Sprinkle on some bitters, if you want. For a twist, I sometimes use orange bitters. Angustora bitters work well too.

Ingredients in an Amaretto Sour

The ingredients you need for this cocktail are:

  • Amaretto
  • Whiskey (we use a single-barrel Bourbon)
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup or agave syrup
  • Egg white
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Pitted black cherry for the top

The egg white is what adds the froth to the top of the cocktail and makes it appear a bit hazy. There’s nothing special you need to do to froth it. You just add the egg whites to the cocktail shaker with the rest of the ingredients and shake vigorously to combine it all.

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How to Make an Amaretto Sour

If you’re using simple syrup, you’ll need to start by making up a batch. It’s 1 part sugar to 1 part water. If you make more than is needed for the cocktail, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

I usually just use agave syrup, because it cuts down on preparation time. You can adjust the amount of sugar you prefer by only using half of the simple syrup/agave – then tasting it to decide. Some people like more, some like less.

Combine all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about 3 minutes. It takes some time to froth the egg white.

Pour into a whiskey glass over ice. Garnish with a pitted cherry. Maraschino cherry is fine as a garnish as well, if you want.

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Yield: 1 cocktail

Amaretto Sour

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Amaretto Sour mixes whiskey or bourbon with lemon and simple syrup.


  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
  • 3/4 oz bourbon or your favorite whiskey
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 oz egg white
  • dash of bitters (Angostura or orange)
  • Garnish: lemon twist and pitted black cherry (optional)


  1. Mix first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice in a whiskey glass.
  2. Garnish with a dash of bitters, a lemon twist and a pitted black cherry (optional)


I use Bulleit Bourbon, but you can use whatever whiskey you have on hand.

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Nutrition Information:


1 cocktail

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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