This Amaretto Stone Sour Cocktail has a bright citrus punch from sour soda and a fresh splash of orange juice mingling with the deep flavor of amaretto liquor.
You have heard of an Amaretto Sour no doubt, correct? Well, the Amaretto Stone Sour is its eccentric sibling. Never receiving enough attention growing up, it overcompensates by wearing bright splashes of orange to mask the booze and its overall sour disposition. Yeah, the Amaretto Stone Sour may have some mommy issues it needs to work through, but it is a dang good amaretto cocktail!
Whether you are looking for brunch cocktails or a nice refreshing cocktail to serve on lazy afternoons, this is a great drink for just about any occasion. This simple recipe is effortless to make, and can easily be scaled up to serve at any party. Your guests will love how well the smooth amaretto flavor pairs with the bright splashes of citrus!
What you'll need to make an Amaretto Stone Sour
- Sour soda - I use Squirt brand soda, but any sour soda will work. Lemon lime soda with an extra splash of lime juice or lemon juice is a worthy substitute.
- Amaretto liqueur
- Orange juice
- Garnish - An orange wedge and maraschino cherries are both appropriate garnishes.
I find keeping a jigger on hand makes cocktail creation much easier. There is a reason every bar uses them, plus their compact size makes it easy to keep them out of the way when it isn't happy hour at home! I recommend purchasing a simple double jigger, its 1&2 oz sizes will be versatile enough for just about any cocktail! These are often included when purchasing a cocktail shaker, which is also a must-have for any home bar.
How to make it
The amaretto stone sour recipe is very easy to make. Begin by adding ice to a cocktail glass, then pour in one part amaretto. Next, add one part soda, followed by a splash of orange juice. That's it! Garnish your amaretto cocktail with an orange slice, cherries, or both!
The primary difference between the amaretto sour cocktail and the closely related stone sour is the addition of orange juice. Amaretto sour is topped with lemon-lime soda, whereas the stone sour gets a splash of orange for added flavor.
Amaretto is a sweet almond-flavored liquor that was popularized in Italy. It typically has a 21-28% ABV. Disaronno is a well-known brand of this Italian liqueur you will likely find in your liquor store.
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Amaretto Stone Sour Cocktail
- 2 ounces Sour Soda such as Squirt
- 2 ounces Amaretto
- 1-2 tablespoon Splash of Orange Juice
- 1 slice Orange
- Add ice to cocktail glass.
- Pour in amaretto and then soda, leaving enough room to add a splash of orange juice on top.
- Optional: Garnish with cherries and orange slice, or orange twists.