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an amaretto sour cocktail served on the bar in a champagne coupe

Amaretto Sour Recipe

A unique and refreshing drink made with amaretto liqueur: discover the original recipe for amaretto sour cocktail, by Fine Dining Lovers.


24 May, 2022
Average: 4 (2 votes)

serves for



2 OZ (60 ml)
Lemon Juice
1 OZ (30 ml) Freshly squeezed
Sugar Syrup
1/2 OZ (15 ml)
Egg Whites
3/4 OZ (20 ml)


Lemon peel


Champagne glass

Bar Tools

Shaker – manual citrus juicer - jigger - strainer - citrus peeler - fruit tweezers


Shake and double strain



Step 01

Chill a champagne glass by placing it in the freezer. Cool and empty the shaker in which the cocktail will be prepared.

Step 02

a hand squeezing a lemon with a manual juicer and dosing a jigger

Squeeze 1 OZ (30 ml) of lemon, using the manual juicer, directly into the jigger, to check the exact amount, and pour it into the shaker.

Step 03

a hand measuring sugar syrup into a jigger

Measure 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of cane sugar syrup with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 04

a hand measuring egg white into a jigger

Measure 3/4 OZ (20 ml) of egg white with the jigger and pour into the shaker. 

Step 05

a hand measuring amaretto into a jigger

Measure 2 OZ (60 ml) of amaretto liqueur with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 06

a barman shaking a closed jigger

Shake the ingredients dry (dry shake), i.e. without ice. This allows the ingredients to emulsify, and the egg white to start whipping to obtain the foam that makes the cocktail more distinctive and inviting.

Step 07

a hand adding ice to a jigger, closing and shaking

Add the ice to the shaker, close and shake vigorously until the outer metal becomes very cold to the touch.

Step 08

a hand filtering the cocktail into a glass

Remove the champagne glass from the freezer. Open the shaker and pour the cocktail, filtering it with a colander (double strain). The double filtering prevents ice flakes from ending up inside the glass.

Step 09

a hand garnishing a cocktail with tongs holding a piece of lemon zest

Remove a tongue of peel from a lemon with a citrus peeler and use it to garnish the glass. The cocktail is ready to be served.


History and variations

This cocktail is a more delicate variant of whiskey sour.

Starting with the original recipe, you can make different twists by replacing the liqueur with others of your choice.

Vegan amaretto sour

For a vegan version of amaretto sour, you can replace the egg white with aqua faba, or the cooking water of chickpeas.

Ivan Della Nave's tips

Before adding the ice to the shaker, it is advisable to proceed with a dry shake, to whip the egg white and start creating the foam. Then add the ice to the other ingredients and finish whipping the egg white.


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Ivan Della Nave

Ivan Della Nave

Born in 1994, Ivan Della Nave was fascinated by art and passionate about photography from a very young age.