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5 Amaretto Cocktails for Amaretto Day

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Amaretto - “slightly bitter”, yet very toothsome!

This April 19th celebrate Amaretto, that classic Italian liqueur used in cakes, cookies, and cocktails!

Nutty, sweet, and moreish, you have got to try Amaretto where it is most at home—in combination with other booze! It’s sure to perk up your day as it introduces you to a whole different level of culinary revelation.

Check out these cocktails that will make you an Amaretto die-hard for life!


1. Amaretto Sour

This cocktail is quite popular in the nation's bars. It bears a pale apricot shade resembling the sepia tones of an Italian afternoon in June. To taste, the drink is both sweet and sour with a dash of a citrusy aftertaste. Perfect for quenching your springtime craving for a light alcoholic drink!


  • Ice
  • 1 ½ oz Amaretto liqueur
  • 3 oz sweet and sour mix
  • Splash of lemon-lime soda, such as 7 Up or Sprite
  • Maraschino cherry and orange slice for garnish


  • Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the sweet and sour mix and Amaretto.
  • Shake to chill.
  • Pour into a glass, fill it up to half with ice.
  • Garnish with orange slices and cherry.      

2. Almond Joy

Pale and creamy, with the whitish color of a coconut's concave, Almond Joy gets its taste offset from the Amaretto. Coconut lovers would enjoy this drink as at its base is a boozy coconut rum. A couple of ounces of crème de cacao is responsible for the "candy" flavor.


  • ½ oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz crème de cacao
  • 2 oz cream


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour all the ingredients into the shaker and mix well to combine.
  • Fill a martini glass with ice.
  • Pour in the cocktail and enjoy chilled.

The liqueur’s historic Saronno origins betray a warm Italian ripening of taste. Kernel fruits like apricots, almonds infused in alcohol or brandy release the chemical benzaldehyde responsible for its pleasing bitterness.

This cocktail only elevates the flavors!

3. Orgasm

With such a presumptuous name, you would expect the drink to give you goosebumps. But it does come close!

As light as a dove's feather and pale as the kernel of an almond, the Amaretto is given worthy support with an exemplary side cast of crème de cacao and vodka.


  • ½ oz white creme de cacao
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz light cream
  • ½ oz vodka
  • Cherries to garnish


  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Then pour in all the ingredients and mix.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with sweetened cherries.

4. Italian Sunset


Carmine, orange, clear and fresh, imagine a Tuscan sunset with a palette of yellows and oranges. The Italian Sunset cocktail is delicately bitter and citrusy on the tongue with a palate-cleansing aftertaste. Enjoy the coolness of this drink on a sultry spring-turning-to-summer afternoon.


  • 2 oz. Amaretto
  • 3 oz. pulp-free orange juice
  • 3 oz. club soda
  • Dash grenadine
  • Wedge of orange


  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Pour in the Amaretto.
  • Pour the orange juice as the first layer.
  • Top off with club soda.
  • Finish with the grenadine.
  • Do not stir.
  • Garnish with a wedge of orange.


5. Alabama Slammer

Peachy and Southern, the Alabama Slammer is the perfect marriage of the Italiana and the Americana. Kick-off your shoes and take down the classic E.M. Forester novel 'A Room With a View' to enjoy an afternoon with a drink befitting Italy's heritage while staying true to the American spirit of imbibing the best of the continent's flavors.


  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • ½ oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur
  • Splash of orange juice
  • ½ oz sloe gin
  • Orange wedge
  • Splash of sweet and sour mix
  • Maraschino cherry


  • Pour all the ingredients into a shaker.
  • Shake until the mixture is well-chilled.
  • Pour into a rocks glass with ice.
  • Garnish with Maraschino cherry and orange wedge.

Piquant to the tongue and full of the aroma of brown, nutty almonds, a bottle of russet Amaretto fills the house with its invigorating musk when opened.


National Amaretto Day may be just what you needed to deepen your appreciation of this quintessential Italian liqueur. It is also the perfect excuse to sample some more flavorful cocktails.


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