With the holiday season upon us, it's that time of year when people are generally quite pleased to abandon their usual glass or wine or beer in favor of a festive cocktail and it doesn't get much more festive than the sweet almond flavor of Amaretto.
Amaretto Sour is a lovely way to enjoy this classic almond liqueur. It's also really easy to make and requires nothing in the way of fancy bar tending gadgets or mixology skills for that matter.
The recipe below is for one drink, but if you're hosting a party and you'd like to prepare a pitcher for your guests, what you're looking for is 3 parts Amaretto and 2 parts lemon juice.
6 tablespoons of Amaretto liqueur (Disaronno is my choice)
4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 wide shaving of orange peel (taken with a vegetable peeler)
Maraschino cherries to garnish (optional)
1. Fill a glass with ice and pour Amaretto and lemon juice over it.
2. Stir and garnish with orange peel and cherries if you're using them.
That's it… Simple as that! No sugary, expensive mixers necessary for this cocktail that can easily be whipped up in a snap for unexpected guests, parties that come upon you too quickly for hardcore preparations or just to enjoy yourself with a good book by the fire.