The Amaretto Sour; a classic enjoyed by many, we’re sure there are many enthusiasts out there that are picky about the ingredients and methods used to make timeless favourite. Just a few simple tweaks and you could be turning your regular sour recipe into something quite extraordinary. Egg whites in your drink might sound unappealing to some, but it’s quite standard and ingredient for serious mixologists who aim to perfect the cocktail experience as a whole and not just give you a sub-standard tasting beverage with questionable alcohol content.
We’re lucky enough to be featuring cocktail expert Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe for The Best Amaretto Sour in the World. Jeffrey is the bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon and he’s been in the industry for almost 20 years and writing about it for 10. His passion for bartending ran so deep, that after gaining his degree in interior architecture he decided to pursue a career as a professional bartender. His blog is full of great recipes and Jeffrey loves his readers to participate in the discussion and give their opinion, too!
As the Amaretto Sour is a classic, we just had to include this updated and improved version. A combination of amaretto with a kick of bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white; this is a great recipe that can be easily replicated at home!
Fresh egg whites are more or less tasteless so don’t worry about it affecting the flavour of your drink! The addition of this ingredient is purely for texture; it gives a rich silkiness and a foamy top to boot! It can be, and is, added to many different cocktails and the Amaretto Sour is a great example of egg whites being a perfect addition to really just push the drink to being that little bit better. The bourbon in the recipe is added to give the drink more body as amaretto alone is quite weak.
So on to the main ingredient, Amaretto! Many people love the sweetness of this spirit and it’s a popular alcohol to mix with coke for a kind of cherry coke flavour (this of course cannot be compared to an amaretto sour). Amaretto is an Italian liqueur made from apricot pits, almonds or sometimes a mixture of the two. The legend of the origin of Amaretto is that, when the Saronno Church commissioned Bernardino Luini to paint their sanctuary in 1525, he used a model that gifted him with a concoction made of apricot kernels steeped in brandy. And thus, amaretto was created.
Be sure to share this recipe with your friends and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or tweeting us @Rest_Choice! Also check out the video below of Jeffrey talking about his Amaretto Sour!