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Drink of the Week: Amaretto Sour

A change in the weather calls for a change in cocktails, from tall to short, and from light to dark. My gig as a judge at the Luxardo Maraschino cocktail competition earlier this week at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly provided me with the inspiration for just such a drink: an Amaretto Sour.

Smooth, sweet and Amaretto Sour.

Smooth, sweet and Amaretto Sour.

As I’ve mentioned ad nauseum, I really love sours, so I was excited to see that all of Luxardo’s liqueurs were in play for the competition, including amaretto. Some say amaretto is so 1980s, but I say, wait a minute! It really helps to mix it with something beyond Coke; for example, bourbon, lemon juice and an egg white.

Isn't that a cool bottle?

Isn’t that a cool bottle?

In fact, One of my favourite cocktails from the competition was a twist on a sour, using amaretto and maraschino liqueur, by Tony Migliarese from Cilantro. I didn’t manage to get his recipe, but I did come home with a bottle of amaretto. Then, I turned to The Google and found this great recipe online.

Amaretto Sour

  • 1.5 oz Luxardo Amaretto
  • .75 oz bourbon (I used Knob Creek)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp “English” simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • .5 oz egg white, beaten
  • Garnish: lemon twist and brandied cherries

Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again to chill. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and brandied cherries.

— Recipe comes courtesy of Portland mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler, as contributed to Liquor.com.

Drink of the Week: Billy Dee Williams

Here’s a drink as smooth and charming as Lando Calrissian from The Empire Strikes Back. Naturally, it’s called a Billy Dee Williams — after the actor who played Lando in the movie — and you can order one at Alloy.

A smooth sip from Alloy in Calgary.

A smooth sip from Alloy in Calgary.

This is a great little drink. It tastes somewhat like a bourbon sour, but the subtle almond flavour from the amaretto works wonders to enhance the entire cocktail. You can actually taste a little of each ingredient. I have no idea why it’s called a Billy Dee Williams. Perhaps because, like Lando, it leaves a lasting impression.

Billy Dee Williams

  • 1 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 1 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup (Heat equal parts honey and water until honey is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate.)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass with one or two over-sized ice cubes.

— Recipe courtesy Michael, a server at Alloy