Imbibing Mr. Boston: Amaretto and Cream, Amaretto Rose, Amber Amour

Amber Amour

Amaretto is a word that comes from the Italian amaro, literally “little bitter”.  Oddly enough, it doesn’t taste bitter at all, but rather has a very sweet almond flavor.  Amaretto is not one of my favorite liqueurs, but you will find it on virtually every back bar.  There are several good Amarettos out there, but I decided to use Disarrono, which according to tradition has been made since 1525 to the same recipe.  Interestingly enough, Disarrono contains no almonds at all, but instead uses oil made from apricot pits along with other herbs and spices.  This allows anyone with a nut allergy to imbibe without worrying about possible reaction.

When presented with these three alphabetical drinks in the Mr. Boston Guide, it made sense to me to make each of them at the same time and see what the similarities and differences were.  Of the three I preferred the Amaretto Rose, which is basically a nutty Collins, as is the Amber Amour; the only real difference being the addition of a Maraschino cherry.  I liked how the sour tang of the lemon juice works to cut the cloying sweetness of the liqueur.  At first I found the drink overly concentrated, but as the ice melted the eventual dilution of the club soda and ice balanced it just right.  Perhaps a little extra shaking is in order here.

Amaretto and Cream
1.5 oz amaretto
1.5 oz half-and-half

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Amaretto Rose
1.5 oz amaretto
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
soda water

Pour first three ingredients into ice-filled Collins glass and fill with soda water.  Stir.

Amber Amour
1.5 oz amaretto
0.25 oz lemon juice
0.25 oz simple syrup
soda water
Garnish: maraschino cherry

Pour amaretto, lemon juice and syrup into ice-filled Collins glass.  Top with soda water and stir.  Garnish with cherry.

Amaretto and Cream, Amaretto Rose


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