Last updated on February 16th, 2020 at 04:03 pm
Classic cocktails are great when you’re feeling nostalgic but when you need something lighter and brighter try my Sparkling Amaretto Sour. Amaretto, homemade sour mix, and lemon sparkling water bring the same flavors and some bubbles. Don’t forget the cherry garnish!!!
I hate to admit this but in college I drank all the classic girly cocktails when I finally turned 21. As someone who just started drinking adult beverages, I needed to have sweet sugary drinks. Amaretto being most sugary of all, aside from schnapps.
Not that the taste of alcohol is bad, but it can be a little harsh when you are not used to drinking it. One of these classic “girly” cocktails is the Amaretto Sour. Because it’s a classic, let’s talk about it!
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What is in an Amaretto Sour?
The classic Amaretto Sour cocktail consists of
- Simple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
A simple garnish of an orange slice and a maraschino cherry and the recipe is complete. Easy, right?!? Girly? Of course it is! But if you are new to the cocktail scene, what exactly is amaretto?
What is Amaretto?
Amaretto, the Disaronno® brand is my favorite, is and Italian liqueur made from almonds, apricots, vanilla, and a little spice. Amaretto can be a little on the sweet side so when I think of adding additional sugar with simple syrup makes me need some green beans to wash it down with. LOL!
Most of my other girlfriends drank cordial cocktails too, in between the wine coolers, and cheap wine. It’s no wonder we gained weight in college with all these sugary drinks.
I still really love the flavors of the Amaretto Sour but I really don’t need the calories now that I am in my 40s.
It’s hard enough to keep the weight off without adding to it with liquid calories while I am trying to relax. How can I lighten it up a bit and still enjoy the classic cocktail?
Amaretto Sour Sparkling Cocktail Recipe
Sparkling water to the rescue again!
I’m not a big fan of club soda or tonic water so sparkling water just seems like the logical choice when looking to add to my cocktail without adding additional calories.
The best thing about sparkling water is that it comes in a variety of fun flavors which can add another layer to your beverage.
The original cocktail calorie count is pretty high because of the sugar content of the amaretto is about 200 calories for what is essentially 1/3 of a cup or 2.6 ounces of a drink.
Unless you are taking serious baby sips, that doesn’t last long in my book. That means a lot of calories for not a lot of fun.
This version will give you the same amount of calories but in more than 3 times the amount of drink! I can certainly sip on a full 9 ounces of a drink a lot longer than 1/3 of a cup which also means I will drink less overall.
Plus the bubbles are so fun!!
Which sparkling water flavor pairs best with classic cocktails?
The amaretto sour consists of amaretto, lime juice, and simple syrup. My version uses amaretto, sour mix which provides the acidity of lemon juice and the sweetness of simple syrup, and a lemon sparkling water.
To keep it from looking like a diluted mess, I add a little bit of maraschino cherry juice.
Being that you garnish it with an orange slice and a cherry, I though it best to add a little of the juice to my recipe.
All the best classic cocktails can use a new twist on them! Sparkling water makes all the difference!
Can I use any brand of amaretto?
Feel free to use your favorite brand!
Can I use store-bought sour mix?
I prefer homemade because I can make it as sweet or sour as I want but feel free to use your favorite one!
Is there a particular brand of sparkling water you prefer?
Again, it all depends on taste. Find the brand that you like or that has the best lemon flavor:)
Can I make this into a large batch punch?
Of course you can! You can put it all together but I would leave out the sparkling water until ready to serve or you will lost the bubbles:)
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Sparkling Amaretto Sour Recipe
For the Sparkling Amaretto Sour Cocktail
- 3 ounces Amaretto
- 2 ounces Sour Mix
- 3/4 teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice (or grenadine)
- 3 ounces Lemon Sparkling Water
For the Garnish
- 1 Orange Slice
- 1 Maraschino Cherry
- In a cocktail shaker, add the amaretto, sour mix, and the cherry juice.
- Stir or shake to combine.
- In a tall glass, fill with ice.
- Pour the amaretto cocktail over the ice.
- Add the lemon sparkling water.
- Give it a quick stir.
- Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 69gProtein: 2g
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