Amaretto, the sweet almond-flavored liqueur from Saronno, Italy, is relatively low in alcohol, typically clocking in at around 25% ABV, making it a great choice for low-alcohol cocktails. But let's say you're looking for a fully non-alcoholic drink tonight. Is there a non-alcoholic amaretto? Yes! Lyre's makes our favorite version. Their Amaretti spirit is incredibly satisfying, hitting all the same notes as traditional Amaretto.
One of the alcohol-free drinks we make most often at home is an Amaretto Sour, although we like Portland bartender Jeffrey Morganthaler's version better than the classic recipe. To balance the cocktail's sweetness, he adds high-proof bourbon and uses fresh lemon, rather than the premade sour mix that has given the drink a bad rap. We won't be using high-proof bourbon—quite the opposite, we prefer Kentucky 74 NA whiskey—but we will insist on fresh juice.
Of course, we're going to make one more addition to this Amaretto Sour: our alcohol-free Aromatic bitters, which add the balancing element of bitter roots and some complementary spice flavors.
Amaretto Sour (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail Recipes
One of the most popular drinks in our house, this non-alcoholic Amaretto Sour is truly satisfying.
1 ½ ounces Lyre's Amaretti
¾ ounce non-alcoholic whiskey
1 ounce lemon juice, fresh
½ ounce simple syrup
2 dash All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
½ ounce aquafaba or egg white (optional)
If using egg white or aquafaba, add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and shake hard for 20-30 seconds.
Add ice and shake again until chilled.
Double strain through a mesh sieve into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with cherries.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
You can make this drink low alcohol in two ways: either use traditional Amaretto and NA whiskey or vice versa, swapping in alcoholic bourbon and sticking with Lyre's Amaretti. Either way, you'll end up with a cocktail that's about half the proof of a standard drink and every bit as tasty.