The Amaretto Sour is a cocktail that became popular during the 1940s and enjoyed long-lasting popularity, though it has lately been overshadowed by boozier craft and prohibition era cocktails at some bars. It is a simple sour, made with amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup. It’s sweet, refreshing and easy to drink, all of which are features that earn this cocktail plenty of fans. To put a seasonal twist on it, I subbed out the traditional simple syrup for a cinnamon-infused syrup that brings in a note of warm spice.
The cocktail is on the sweet side, largely because amaretto itself is quite sweet (sweet enough to sip on its own, if you’re a big almond fan!), but this isn’t a bad thing. It’s relatively low proof, meaning that it is a great drink to sip throughout the evening when you’re entertaining or simply visiting with a group of friends. You’ll clearly taste the almond, cinnamon and lemon in each sip, though the elements blend together very nicely. If sweeter drinks aren’t your thing, try replacing a small amount of the amaretto with bourbon (1/4 or 1/2 oz) instead of reducing the simple syrup in this drink. The bourbon will fortify the cocktail and make it both stronger and spicier, countering the sweet amaretto without losing too much of the almond and cinnamon flavors. Since this cocktail is cinnamon-spiced, garnish it with a cinnamon stick when serving for a more impressive presentation.
Cinnamon Amaretto Sour
2 oz Amaretto
1 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz cinnamon simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until well, chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cherry.