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Amaretto Stone Sour

Shake up your summer cocktails with this deliciously refreshing amaretto stone sour recipe! It’s an easy and flavorful blend of amaretto liqueur, homemade sweet & sour, and orange juice. Try it for yourself today to get the perfect balance of sweet and tart–you won’t be disappointed!

Big ice cubes in the amaretto drink with orange zest garnish
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I’m a big fan of sour cocktails but even though this is called a sour, it isn’t really. But don’t worry, you won’t care; the flavor of this cocktail is that delicious.

Over the years, I’ve made this amaretto-based sour two different ways. One way is with simple syrup like I did this time and the other way is without adding any sweetener. I really like it both ways but for the sake of this post, I wanted to keep it as close as the original recipe.

Try making it both ways to see which one you prefer.

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What is the difference between an amaretto sour and an amaretto stone sour?

Most sours have a liquor, either lime juice or lemon juice, and a sweetener. This amaretto stone sour has everything just mentioned but with the addition of orange juice.

helpful
Tips
  • Make your own sweet and sour mixture. Once you do, you’ll never go back to store-bought. I like that you can control how sweet the mixture is. I find store-bought sweet and sour mixes are way too sweet and acidic.
  • I’m not a real big sweet cocktail type of gal. So that means, when I make a cocktail that uses sweet and sour, I always make it more sour than sweet. So, that means 2 parts citrus to 1 part sweet.
  • I believe that nowadays the public’s palate is ruined by the added sugar in so many foods. Make the sweet and sour the way I do in this recipe to see that you don’t need equal parts of sweet to sour. You’ll be glad you did.
  • I’m using Amaretto which is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur, you can substitute it with some other almond liqueurs that is more budget friendly.
  • Since Amaretto or almond liqueur and orange juice are both sweet, for this cocktail, you can forego adding sweetener. Try it with and without the simple syrup to see which you prefer as you can always add sweetness but you can’t subtract it.
  • Rinse two maraschino cherries for the garnish and set aside. The reason you rinse them is that you don’t want the extra syrup in the cocktail as it will add sweetness.
  • For the other garnish, you will cut two large slices out of the orange skin. Cut them as long in length and width as you want but make sure not to cut too much into the white pith.

How to make an amaretto stone sour

Pre-step

Get a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also, get a measuring glass and two double old-fashioned glasses.

Rinse two maraschino cherries and cut two orange twists and set aside. See notes on how to do that.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – amaretto, limes, orange juice, and simple syrup (if using).

Amaretto, lime, orange juice and simple syrup on a table
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Step two

Measure 4 ounces of amaretto. (A)

Step three

Measure 4 ounces of orange juice. (B)

Amaretto and orange juice measured out
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Step four

Measure 2 ounces of lime juice. (C)

Step five

Measure 1 ounce of simple syrup. (D) This is optional.

Lime juice and simple syrup measured out
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Step six

Add ice to the two glasses. I love to use BIG ice cubes and here is the tray I use.

place the lid on the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain, divide, and pour the liquid between the two glasses. I usually add the ice from the shaker into the glasses as well.

Step seven

Add a cherry and orange twist to each glass.

A thick glass in front of a double old fashioned glass filled with the amaretto cocktail
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Isn’t it a gorgeous color?

An almost overhead view of the orange juice amaretto cocktail with another in the back
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Let’s see the vertical view.

Vertical view of the bubble glass filled with the amaretto stone sour
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Yum! It is so delicious.

I hope you enjoyed this amaretto stone sour cocktail recipe.

Other amaretto cocktails

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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A bubble glass filled with the amaretto cocktail, with the other old fashioned glass in the back -square

Amaretto Stone Sour

This icy amaretto stone sour has the perfect amount of citrus to sweetness. It's a wonderful cocktail and is just what you need to cool down in the summer.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amaretto sour, amaretto stone sour, sour cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 254kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces amaretto (or other almond flavored liqueur)
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (optional)

Garnish

Instructions

  • Fill shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add amaretto, orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup (if you're using it).
    4 ounces amaretto, 4 ounces orange juice, 2 ounces lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Add fresh ice to glasses. I use large ice cubes.
  • Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses. At this time you can add the ice cubes from the shaker between the two glasses as well.
  • Add one cherry and one orange twist to each glass.
    2 maraschino cherries, 2 wide orange twists
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Make your own sweet and sour mixture. Once you do, you’ll never go back to store-bought. I like that you can control how sweet the mixture is. I find store-bought sweet and sour mixes are way too sweet and acidic.
  • I’m not a real big sweet cocktail type of gal. So that means, when I make a cocktail that uses sweet and sour, I always make it more sour than sweet. So, that means 2 parts citrus to 1 part sweet.
  • I believe that nowadays the public’s palate is ruined by the added sugar in so many foods. Make the sweet and sour the way I do in this recipe to see that you don’t need equal parts of sweet to sour. You’ll be glad you did.
  • I’m using Amaretto which is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur, you can substitute it with some other almond liqueurs that is more budget friendly.
  • Since Amaretto or almond liqueur and orange juice are both sweet, for this cocktail, you can forego adding sweetener. Try it with and without the simple syrup to see which you prefer as you can always add sweetness but you can’t subtract it.
  • Rinse two maraschino cherries for the garnish and set aside. The reason you rinse them is that you don’t want the extra syrup in the cocktail as it will add sweetness.
  • For the other garnish, you will cut two large slices out of the orange skin. Cut them as long in length and width as you want but make sure not to cut too much into the white pith.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cocktails | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  1. Things are still heating up around here. This is the perfect patio drink. Great for relaxing on the deck after an afternoon of working in the sun.

    1. I agree, perfect for the patio and is so refreshing that it’s a great relaxing drink! Thanks so much Gloria for your comment.

  2. Refreshing! This amaretto stone sour will be perfect for me and my wife while enjoying a good scenery.

  3. This amaretto stone sour was such a fun drink! My husband and I love having fancy drinks when we do date night at home and we both loved this!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that Kayla! We love it too. It’s such a wonderful sipping drink! Thank you for your comment.

  4. Amaretto sours were one of my favorite cocktails when I was younger. I will have to revisit them with this recipe soon.

  5. Amaretto sours are my favorite, but this is so much better that what we used to make. We often used pre-made mixes because I didn’t realize how simple making it yourself was. Game changer!

    1. Lol! Thanks so much for letting me know, Megan!! I totally get it. I’ve been known to imbibe one too many of this drink.

  6. This drink was SO unique and quite delicious. I served it at a girl’s night last night and the girls were crazy for it!

  7. We love our Amaretto and always have it on hand. We usually drink it plain – it’s our late night treat. Last night we tried the Amaretto Stone sour and it was delicious. We did make it with the simple syrup. Next time we’ll try it without. This cocktail is a nice change of pace.

  8. This looks like such a fun and interesting drink to make! It is definitely a unique recipe and I am dying to try this out. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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