So who knew there was a National Amaretto Day? As far as I can tell it just ‘applies’ (such as these days ever really apply to anyone) to the USA, but far be it from us to shy away for any reason to celebrate alcohol, especially alcohol as versatile and delicious as Amaretto.
Amaretto is a sweet almond flavoured liqueur made from apricot pits and/or (not surprisingly) almonds. It has been produced in Saronno since the early sixteenth century.
Anyway, we can celebrate Amaretto Day in a number of ways – perhaps a dash in your morning coffee, or an Amaretto and Coke (which, to be fair, sounds disgusting to me). However, if you’re looking for a more grown up drink there can be only one choice: the Amaretto Sour.
We’ve discussed the sours family before and noted that for every spirit there is a sour, usually made in a 4:2:1 ratio of spirit, lemon juice and simple syrup. As Amaretto is a very sweet liqueur feel free to dial back the sugar syrup, I feel the recipe below gives a more balanced drink:
- Shake 50ml Amaretto, 25ml lemon juice, 5ml sugar syrup and 25ml egg white with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
- Strain back into the shaker and dry shake (no ice) for a further twenty seconds.
- Double strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice and garnished with a slice of lemon and a cherry.
The combination of sweet almond and sour lemon makes this a perfect drink for the springtime evening of National Amaretto Day – let us know how you’ll be celebrating…