Sours are an interesting beast. They’re simplicity at it’s finest in terms of ingredients, but they have a surprising complexity to their flavours so they can be an excellent choice if you’re struggling to decide what to drink.
One of the key elements of making a good sour is using ice when mixing the liquid ingredients; if you use ice whilst shaking it dilutes the cocktail to just the right level whilst also cooling the drink down to the optimum temperature for it to be enjoyed. I personally don’t use a lot of ice when making cocktails down to sheer personal preference – I don’t like diluted drinks, so I tend to use these charming penguin coolers instead because I am so mature – but a sour is when I tend to make an exception. With just 2 ingredients in the Amaretto Sour (no points for guessing what they are), using ice to blend the flavours adds depth to the drink that you just wouldn’t get otherwise. Amaretto is naturally overpowering, but loses some of the potency thanks to the mellow ice and lemon combination. The aroma is still there, but it remains largely as a pleasant tickle at the back of the throat whilst the lemon tartness is equally tempered during the shaking process. It’s actually reminiscent of a freshly baked lemon frangipane tart when the flavours are blended properly, which demonstrates the true importance of ice during cocktail making!
If I had to describe this in one word, it would be ‘energising’. The lemon is refreshing and brisk, whilst the amaretto gives warmth and sweetness that will be alluring to almost anyone who tries it. It’s a small drink that I would recommend sipping slowly after dinner in place of dessert.
♦ 2 ounces amaretto
♦ 1 ounce lemon juice
Shake the amaretto and lemon juice together with ice, then strain into a chilled sour glass – or pousse cafe glass – and add the cocktail cherry.