Amaretto is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur used to prepare an array of cold and hot cocktails. Amaretto adds nutty and aromatic flavors to a mixed drink and can be served as a bar mixer or afterdinner spirit. Amaretto drinks pair well with holiday foods and desserts that have nutty and warm spice undertones of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. With taste pairing concepts in mind, serve amaretto concoctions with spiced meats, breads and cakes or sip amaretto cocktails for a refreshing beverage.

Things You'll Need

Amaretto Sour

Dip the rim of an old-fashioned glass into lemon juice and then into a bowl of sugar.

Fill the glass halfway with ice.

Squeeze half of a fresh lemon into a shaker.

Add 2 ounces of amaretto liqueur and 1/4 cup of ice to chill the mixture, and shake the contents.

Strain and pour the mixture into the glass.

Drop a maraschino cherry into the glass and wedge an orange wheel on the sugared rim.

Place a cocktail straw in the glass and serve.


Fill a rocks glass halfway with ice.

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of scotch into the glass. Add 1/2 ounce of amaretto.

Place a cocktail straw in the glass and serve.

Bocci Ball

Pour 1/4 cup of ice into a rocks glass.

Add 2 ounces of amaretto and fill the rest of the glass with orange juice.

Garnish the drink with an orange wedge. Place a cocktail straw in the glass and serve.

Amaretto Coffee

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of amaretto into a regular or Irish coffee mug.

Fill the mug with 8 ounces of hot coffee, leaving about 1/2 inch of head space.

Stir the mixture with a coffee stirrer. Top the amaretto coffee with a swirl of whipped cream. Garnish the cream with coffee beans and serve with a stirrer and spoon as an afterdinner drink.