Amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur originating in the village of Saronno. Italians have produced amaretto commercially since the 1800s, but the original recipe dates to the early 1500s. Traditionally, the liqueur is almond flavored; however, most amaretto liqueurs do not contain any almonds, but instead contain flavor-rich apricot pits.
Amaretto and alcohol
Popular brands of amaretto contain various amounts of alcohol. According to the CADE Center at George Washington University, amaretto typically contains about 28 percent alcohol. When combined with other alcoholic beverages, an amaretto mixer will contain a high alcoholic content. When imbibing in amaretto mixers, always drink responsibly and remember the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years old.
Amaretto: the after dinner drink
An amaretto stone sour has been a popular after dinner drink for years. It's a refreshing amaretto mixer that can also be enjoyed before a meal, as well. The amaretto stone sour contains just three ingredients.
Combine the three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over ice. Sour mix is sometimes called sweet and sour mix or bar mix. Typically, it's made from lemon and/or lime juice and simple syrup. Simple syrup is 3 parts white sugar and 2 parts water. Add the lemon and/or lime to the simple syrup for your sour mix. Depending on how sweet or tart you prefer your drink, you may need to adjust the sugar amount. Sour mix also can be purchased premade.
Variations on the amaretto stone sour include substituting grapefruit juice for the orange juice and adding 1 teaspoon of grenadine to the mixer.
The amaretto sour is almost the same drink as the stone sour. The difference is the amaretto sour does not feature any orange juice.
The amaretto Alexander is a sweet and creamy after-dinner drink, combining amaretto with cream and creme de cacao. Pour 1 ounce amaretto and 1 ounce creme de cacao liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Fill the rest of the way with cream (you can use half and half). Shake well and pour without the ice into snifter-style glass. Top the drink with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Serve as a dessert drink and variation to the brandy Alexander.
Amaretto can be mixed with cognac to create a drink called the French Connection. It contains 1 part amaretto and 1 and 1/4 parts cognac. To cut back on the sweetness of the drink, use only 3/4 amaretto.
Mix amaretto with Scotch whisky for a drink called The Godfather. Created in the 1970s, this amaretto cocktail was preferred by actor Marlon Brando, who portrayed the title character in the blockbuster movie The Godfather. One popular amaretto brand suggests mixing 3/4 part amaretto with 1 and 1/4 part Scotch whisky to create The Godfather. Serve this potent alcoholic drink over ice.