If a sour is the only amaretto cocktail in your repertoire, it’s time to think again.

For most of us, amaretto probably isn’t the first liquor that jumps to mind when we think of cocktails. The sweet, almond-y liqueur tends to find itself reserved for the occasional nostalgic amaretto sour, or after-dinner nightcaps. But amaretto has a long history in Italy, and its nutty flavor can add a pleasing complexity to any number of sips. To prove it, we’ve collected a few especially tasty examples of amaretto’s versatility to give that bottle at the back of your bar some love.

Amaretto Smash


1 sprig of mint
4 lemon wedges
.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz amaretto


Combine mint, lemon, and simple syrup in a shaker tin. Gently muddle, taking care to press all the juice from the lemon wedges without bruising the mint too badly. Add amaretto, fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain over fresh ice in a tumbler and garnish with a sprig of mint and wedge of lemon.

By Dominic Giase at Antico Posto in Oak Brook, IL