Amaretto Sour Recipe

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amaretto-sour-recipe

Method

Stir

Glass

Coupette or Martini

Category

Whisky

AMARETTO SOUR RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Amaretto
7.5ml Simple Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
1 Egg White or 3 Dash Mrs Betters Bitters

HOW TO MAKE AN AMARETTO SOUR COCKTAIL

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and add cubed ice. Shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with cubed ice. Garnish

GARNISH

Lemon Wheel

TELL US ABOUT THE AMARETTO SOUR COCKTAIL

Sour cocktails are a category of drinks that are very old. In fact, the first recorded sour recipe dates all the way back to Jerry Thomas’s 1862 book The Bartenders Guide where he included recipes for a Gin Sour and a Brandy Sour.

Typically sours are made with a base spirit (in this case Amaretto) lemon juice and a sweetener such as sugar syrup to balance the citrus edge. Famously, egg white is often also added, which when shaken emulsifies and creates a delicious foamy body to the cocktail. It should be noted that in general egg whites are safe in cocktails, providing the eggs used are reputable and quality stamped. The lemon juice goes some way to kill any potential bacteria that might linger.

If egg whites aren’t for you there are some fantastic vegan alternatives such as Ms Betters Bitters and Aquafaba.

EXPERT TIP

Dry shaking is an expert bartender trick. To dry shake is to shake the ingredients of a cocktail without ice. Typically you would then follow this immediately with a “wet shake” with ice.

So why dry shake a cocktail? Well, the aim is to infuse air into the liquid as it creates a foamier more textured cocktail that has an amazing mouthfeel. Test out your sours with a dry shake and a wet shake and then another with just a  wet shake and see the difference.

DID YOU KNOW

Aquafaba mentioned above is actually the liquid that tinned chickpeas are cooked then packaged in. This viscous water mimics the properties that egg whites bring to the table in terms of creating foam and texture. It’s the perfect natural and vegan alternative to egg whites.

Mrs Betters Miraculous Foaming Bitters are a brand of bitters design again to mimic the properties of egg white.

 

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