I’m not a big drinker, I am often the designated driver as I can really take or leave alcohol in social settings but when I do drink, amaretto and honey rum are my thing. Absolute all time favourites. I love to drink both of them alone over ice but cocktail making is so much fun, and handing me an amaretto sour is a surefire way to my heart. I have tasted my fair share of these in bars on my travels from London to New York to France and Spain, but nothing beats a homemade version. You can buy sour mix from supermarkets but it tastes so much better when it’s made to suit your own tastes – I like it more sour than sweet. Here’s how I make mine:
Lemon juice - you can squeeze fresh lemons or use the bottles you find in the baking section of supermarkets (you can also add limes – optional)
Sugar or sweetener – I like to add brown sugar or Sweet Freedom
Amaretto – I like Disaronno but Sainsburys own is good too!
To make the sour mix, traditionally a 1:1:1 ratio is used, with a cup of sugar, lemon juice and water (repeated for larger quantities) but I do mine slightly differently as I don’t like to use as much sugar. I use a cup of lemon juice, a cup and a half of water, and a quarter cup of sugar or sweetener. I prefer mine to be more on the sour side as it makes it so refreshing, but the extra water cancels out the edge of the lemon and negates the need for as much sugar. You can however, adapt this to your own tastes if that is too sour for you, just taste it and play around with it. You’ll never buy store-bought mix again once you get it the way you like it. My sour mix looks slightly more cloudy and darker as I like to use brown sugar instead of white, but it tastes just the same.
Once your sour mix is done, fill a glass with lots of ice, and add a three quarters of a glass of sour mix. Top off with amaretto. Again, if you like yours stronger or weaker you can play around with this but it’s a good starting point. If you want to keep your sour mix, put it in a mason jar or bottle and it will be good for around a week. If you add a small amount of vodka to preserve it you can keep it for closer to a month but if it starts to look very cloudy it’s time to get rid.
What is your favourite cocktail? Let me know if you give this a whirl!