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Amaretto Sour Recipe

4.98 from 34 votes

posted: 12/18/20

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This Amaretto Sour Recipe is the classic cocktail that you love! With only three ingredients, this amaretto sour recipe is so easy to make, it is bound to be your regular go to!

an amaretto sour recipe in a glass with a cherry and orange

Today I am so happy to share with you my most popular cocktail recipe. This Amaretto Sour is so much better than the version you drank as a college kid, and it is perfect for the holidays.

I am a huge lover of Amaretto, and I have a homemade version of it coming for you next week, but until then you will have to tide yourself over with this perfect Amaretto Sour recipe.

The reason that this recipe is so perfect is the Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix. It is surprisingly easy to make and just takes a few lemons and limes and a little bit of planning.


This drink tastes amazing!! I made it for Thanksgiving and it paired so well with my appetizers. My daughters loved it too.

In the past, I have ordered this drink at bars and restaurants. Making it at home has spoiled me – I will never be able to order one as good as I can make it myself thanks to your recipe!!!!

Making the Perfect Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto liqueur is one of those bar cart necessities. It also happens to be one of my favorite flavors in cocktails.The rich, smooth almond flavor pairs beautifully with sweet and sour mix.

Occasionally, the Amaretto Sour Recipe gets criticized for being too sweet. Not so with this recipe! Use my easy to make Sweet and Sour Mix and you’ll get that perfect Amaretto Sour flavor every time.

how to make the best amaretto sour in a glass with cherry and orange

Amaretto Sour Ingredients

  • Sweet and Sour Mix: This is the ingredient that puts this cocktail over the top and makes it top notch. It’s so easy to whip up and can be used in a million different cocktails. Try it in this Best Margarita Recipe or this Strawberry Margarita.
  • Amaretto: Make sure you have a delicious Amaretto liqueur on hand. Some popular brands are Disaronno or Hiram Walker.
  • Lemon Lime Soda: Then some bubbly, refreshing lemon-lime soda. Any of your favorites will do such as Sprite or 7UP.
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How to Make Amaretto Sour

With just three ingredients, this is one of the easiest drinks to make!

  1. Make Sweet and Sour Mix: In a pinch you can use the store-bought version, but I highly recommend my homemade mixture. It even keeps well in the freezer.
  2. The Perfect Ratio: For one cocktail, combine equal parts amaretto liqueur and sweet and sour mix in a class filled with ice.
  3. Top it Off: Add in the soda. I don’t measure here, I just add enough to fill the glass and add some carbonation.

Other Great Cocktails

If you make this Amaretto Sour or any of my other cocktails, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

an amaretto sour drink in a glass with cherry and orange
how to make the best amaretto sour in a glass with cherry and orange
4.98 from 34 votes

Amaretto Sour

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Amaretto Sour is the classic cocktail that you love! With only three ingredients, this amaretto sour recipe is so easy to make, it is bound to be your regular go to!


  • 1 1/2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet and sour mix
  • lemon lime soda like Sprite or 7UP


  • In a glass filled with ice, mix together equal parts amaretto liqueur and sweet and sour mix.
  • Top with sprite and enjoy!
Calories: 210kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 38g (13%) Sodium: 20mg (1%) Sugar: 15g (17%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
how to make the best amaretto sour in a glass with cherry and orange

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  1. lau says

    funny i should open this recipe you posted today. went out to supper last night and saw a drink for a margarita with amaretto in it. i said ooooh i need to try this…i love amaretto. it was awesome. i loved it. so i got the basic ingredients from the bartender…no secrets revealed….and now i see this recipe for an amaretto sour and it sounds yummy!!! so now that i have your recipe for sour mix i can’t wait too try and recreate the margarita. thanks for your secret recipe.

  2. Kathy says

    5 stars
    I have made both now, the Amaretto Sour and the Margarita. Love, love, love them both!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear this Kathy!

  3. Amy M. says

    5 stars
    I follow your recipe, basically – just a couple tweaks to taste and for serving myself a drink (or two) once a week or so 😊

    Instead of a large batch of the sweet & sour mix, I do this for a single drink:
    1 oz. simple syrup
    1 oz. lemon juice
    2 oz. amaretto
    3 oz. diet lemon-lime soda
    Stir (see below)
    Drop in two potted dark cherries with stems (not dripping with juce) -or- 1 Maraschino cherry (but the dye in that will turn the drink red, using the dark cherries with stems does not change the drink color).

    I have an ⅛c. measuring ‘cup’ that I use for measuring the drink ingredients, instead of using a second glass or a shaker to mix, I just dip the ⅛c. in the glass and give it a couple spins. The above amounts and process works well for a late night drink for one…like right now, for example!

  4. Sarah says

    This is such a simple and yummy recipe!!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it!

  5. Kim says

    5 stars
    I thought it was easy to make and delicious. I usually drink amaretto in my coffee. Nice change

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Symia says

    Hello! How would I make a large batch for a group of this drink? I’m just wanting to make sure I have the correct measurements

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you click on the number of servings, a sliding bar will appear and you can scale this recipe up to how many drinks you want to make. It will change the amounts in the recipe card. I would suggest that you just have a bottle of soda on the side so people can top their own drinks.

  7. Linda says

    Love this! Easy and taste great! I started making them by the pitcher’s. Just add soda after pouring in glass. From 1 to 10 this recipe is a 12….inda

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you like this!

  8. Sarah W says

    4 stars
    I am 41 and have never tried Amaretto until today! I made up your sweet and sour mix and made the Amaretto Sour per your recipe. It’s delicious.. a tad on the sweet side for me but still enjoyable. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  9. Brenda Maddox Vitzen says

    Yes, I love the Amarillo sour!! I’m asking you if I just use the ice pour the sweet and sour mix over the ice and have your glass ready with the salt around the rim of the glass then pour you a shot glass of i’m Amarilla over the sweet and sour will it be just as good as putting Sprist in the glass?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t ever salt the rim and typically make it just as is written in the recipe card. I hope that helps!

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