1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Averna
1⁄2 oz Overproof rum (Plantation OFTD)
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Simple syrup
1 twst Orange peel (Oil as garnish and discard)

Shake once without ice and once with ice, strain into single old fashioned or medium-large coupe glass, and garnish with orange oil from a twist.


Great with Luxardo Amaretto at work. Slightly disappointing with Disarono at home.


While bartending at Drink in Boston, I had a guest that asked for a riff on an Amaretto Sour. My mind immediately went to Jeffrey Morgenthaler's The Best Amaretto Sour in the World recipe as a starting point. My problem with Amaretto Sours for me is that they are too driven by amaretto even with a high proof spirit backbone, so I split it with Averna since it seemed like it would have a complementary flavor profile yet drive the balance in a more caramel-herbal direction. While I have never made one of Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sours for myself, I have made Brad Parson's Amaro Sour that was inspired by it, and this recipe is a hybrid of the two. Since I always keep a bottle of Plantation OFTD Rum nearby my bar station for tropical drinks, I used this as the high proof structure in my mashup. My guests have returned and asked for this Amaretto Sour riff again, so I know that it has hit its mark.

Cocktail summary
Picture of am-am sour (amaretto-amaro)
FRY 2022
Posted by yarm on 3/21/2022
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Drink, Boston, MA
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