No matter the drink, bypassing mixing steps without losing flavor is the sign of an efficient bartender. Amaretto is a sweet and nutty-flavored liqueur that is complemented by the sour taste of citrus fruit for a balanced amaretto sour cocktail. This combination of sweet and bitter is usually derived from sweet and sour mix that consists of a simple syrup made from boiled water and dissolved sugar and lemon and lime juice. Substitute lemonade for the sweet and sour mixture to spend more time mingling than mixing.
Fill the shaker halfway with ice. Pour amaretto liqueur into the shaker to chill it.
Add store-bought or homemade lemonade. Squeeze the juice of a lime into the shaker. Shake the contents.
Position a cocktail strainer on top of the shaker and strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass.
Garnish the amaretto sour with a cherry and orange slice.
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- Use about 2 ounces of amaretto for a strong cocktail. Adjust the amount of amaretto based on the desired flavor and strength of the drink.
- Make a larger amaretto sour lemonade or dilute one by using a rocks or tall glass filled with ice and more lemonade.
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