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Amaretto_Bottles_4 Today is National Amaretto Day.  I’ll bet you had no idea.  Well, break out that dusty bottle from where it’s languishing in your closet and fix yourself an Amaretto Sour while I tell you a little background behind this unusual liqueur.

Amaretto Sour
2 oz Amaretto liqueur
1 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
½  fresh organic Egg white
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

Dry shake (without ice) all ingredients. Add ice, shake again and strain into ice-filled glass.

Amaretto literally means “a little bitter”.  The original recipe contained bitter almond, but today’s liqueurs tend to be quite sweet.  We’ve all tasted a brand at least once.  Usually our first experience was sneaking a swig from our parents liquor cabinet.  Memorable and probably not our finest drinking moment.  “It has essence of tree nut, with elements of cane sugar”.

Yet, Amaretto has a long and distinguished heritage.  And it’s not necessarily almonds that you’re tasting.

Interestingly, the world’s best-selling brand DiSaronno contains no almonds, but rather uses a blend of seventeen herbs, fruits and most importantly apricot pits.  In fact, this recipe has been around since 1525, so who’s to say whether the product is supposed to be almond or apricot pit flavored?

Lastly, Portland bartender extraordinaire Jeffery Morganthaler claims to have perfected the world’s best Amaretto Sour.  You can check out his version here.

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hero-foams-usBols has been making spirits and liqueurs since 1575, making it one of the oldest extant distilleries in the world.  Their line of liqueurs encompasses over 30 different flavors.  They recently debuted three flavored foams in the US.

The molecular mixology craze has died down somewhat, but the addition of these foams certainly makes it easy for bartenders to create some interesting cocktails.  What I like in particular is that everything is self-contained, and does not require purchase of cartridges or specialized equipment.  All you need to do is attach the enclosed pump to the bottle, press a few times, and voila!

Bols Amaretto Foam (48 proof)
Overall: A fairly tasty amaretto, but more sweet than I prefer.  The color of the foam is a light tan.
GSN Rating: B-

Bols Blue Curacao Foam (42 proof)
Overall: A mild curacao flavor with just a hint of orange candy.  The foam is a pretty Robin’s egg blue.
GSN Rating: B-

Bols Cassis Foam (34 proof)
Overall:  Berry flavored and quite sweet.  It makes for an interesting purple foam.
GSN Rating: B+

My only real hesitation about these foams is that the screw-tops on the bottles are very small, so you have to use the 200ml bottles.  Of course once you run out of product, you can fill it with something new and see what happens.  😉

For more information go to: Bols Foam

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