Sit back and relax with this flavorful apple amaretto sour

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Need a drink that tastes like autumn in a glass? Sip on our seasonal apple amaretto sour, inspired by Slim Pickin’s Kitchen, and you’ll have images of colorful fall leaves delightfully dancing in your head.

If you’re familiar with the amaretto sour, you’ve enjoyed the sweet almond-flavored liqueur delectably contrasted with sour mix or lemon juice. We’ve transformed the more traditional cocktail recipe into a seasonal sip-loving favorite by adding apple cider, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick for garnish. The apple cider elevates the classic almond and lemon-flavored drink into a hard-to-put-down autumn-inspired seasonal sip.

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Amaretto is amazing and easy to love. We’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t fallen for nutty, warm essence of amaretto! Amaretto is a sweet Italian almond-flavored liqueur that is made with almonds and often apricot pits. It hails from Saronno, Italy, where it was originally made with bitter almonds; the word amaretto means “a little bitter” in Italian. Amaretto liqueur, however, is far from bitter and sings with a palate-pleasing sweetness with almond flair.

You can drink amaretto by itself (we adore it on the rocks!) or use it as a mixer in cocktails that demand a sweet almond flavor. You can even swirl it into your morning coffee or add it to your favorite desserts. Amaretto is the key to happiness when it comes to our autumn and holiday cocktail making.

For a cocktail that lifts your holiday spirits, this apple amaretto sour is your go-to drink. Whether your treating yourself to some alone time (this recipe makes one cocktail) or can’t wait to share the cocktail love with your Thanksgiving dinner guests (make extra!), the almond-exuding amaretto, apple cider, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon will tantalize you tongue with lovely fall flavors.

Why is this drink called a sour when it isn’t sour? By definition, a sour cocktail is a drink made with a base liquor or liqueur, a sour ingredient such as lemon or lime juice and a sweet component. The amaretto sour is part of the “sours” family of cocktails, which are never overwhelmingly sour because the citrus is always deliciously balanced with other flavorful and sweet ingredients. This balance of sour and sweet delivers a tongue-tantalizing drink that is attention-getting and refreshing. Drink up and enjoy!

Ready to drink? Making our apple amaretto sour is an easy endeavor.

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Start with the liquor

Pour a shot of amaretto into a glass.

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Add remaining ingredients

Add ice, because this drink is best chilled. Then add apple cider, lemon juice and fresh grated nutmeg, stirring well to meld the ingredients.

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Place a single lemon slice and an enticingly fragrant cinnamon stick in the glass.

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Serve and sip your apple amaretto sour

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The perfect fall cocktail!

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Warmly spiced and refreshing at the same time

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A great holiday party cocktail!

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Apple amaretto sour

Yield 1 servings


  • 1-1/2 ounces amaretto
  • 1 cup chilled apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Pour amaretto into a glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Add apple cider, lemon juice and nutmeg.  Stir well.
  4. Garnish with lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

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