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Apple Cider Amaretto Sour

A delicious twist on a classic cocktail, this Apple Cider Amaretto Sour is a flavorful drink that will warm you up on those chilly fall nights!


If you love apple cider, then you will love this Apple Cider Amaretto Sour! This is a fun autumn twist on the classic Amaretto Sour cocktail. With just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up this delightful little drink for your guests (or just for you!) in no time. It really is a delicious and smooth night cap. This cocktail has the perfect balance of flavors that work really well together. So, if you’ve got that fresh apple cider hanging out in your fridge then put it to good use and make this Apple Cider Amaretto Sour!

Finished Apple Cider Amaretto Sour with apple slice and cherry.


What is Amaretto?

Amaretto is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur from the North of Italy. This is a handy little drink to keep stocked in your liquor cabinet. It’s not only a delicious drink but it also works nicely in a lot of baked goods where you want a light almond flavor. It gives the baked goods a nice background flavor.

What is a sour cocktail?

Sour cocktails are a type of cocktails that are sweet and sour. They are usually made with whisky, tequila, or gin (among others) as a base, plus a bitter component like lime or lemon juice (or bottled bitters) and then finished with a sweetener like simple syrup or others like grenadine. In this drink, the apple cider is adding the sweetness.

What brand of Amaretto should I use?

The most well known brand would be Disaronno and that is what we use in this recipe. Some other brands that you can use are Di Amore, Cristiani, Hiram Walker and Gozio among others.

Can I use bottled lemon juice?

For this recipe, I would say that fresh lemons would be the best. If you are in a pinch you can use bottled but the bottled lemon juice just tastes pretty gross to me and ruins the flavor of most drinks.

Can I use apple juice?

The short answer is yes. However, I think you’d be short changing yourself on taste though. The richness of apple cider really boosts the overall flavor profile of this drink.

How do I serve this?

This cocktail is best served in a whisky or old-fashioned glass. If you have stemless wine glasses, you could certainly use those too. We like to top ours with a slice of apple and a cherry on a cocktail stick.

Pinterest image of finished Apple Cider Amaretto Sour garnished with cherry and apple slice.


  • amaretto liqueur
  • fresh lemon juice
  • apple cider
  • ice
  • apple slice, optional
  • maraschino cherry, optional
Ingredients needed: amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, apple cider and 


Juice the lemon and add it to a cocktail shaker with ice. The ice is basically going to start getting your drink cool while in the shaker.

Squeezed lemon juice in to bowl.

Next add the Amaretto liqueur.

Amaretto added to cocktail shaker.

Lastly add the apple cider and shake together.

Apple cider added to cocktail shaker.

Add ice to a glass.

Ice added to glass.

Strain cocktail over ice, garnish with apple slice and cherry and enjoy.

Close up of glass of Apple Cider Amaretto Sour in glass next to apples and lemons


Square image of Apple Cider Amaretto Sour in glass with cherry and apple slice.

Apple Cider Amaretto Sour

A delicious twist on a classic cocktail, this Apple Cider Amaretto Sour is a flavorful drink that will warm you up on those chilly fall nights!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 3 ounces Amaretto liqueur (like Disaronno)
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 ounces apple cider
  • ice cubes
  • 1 apple slice, for garnish optional
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish optional


  • Put a few ice cubes on the cocktail shaker alongside the Amaretto, apple cider, and lemon juice.
  • Shake well for a minute or so.
  • Strain it into a glass with 2-3 big ice cubes (about ¾ of the glass)
  • Garnish it with a slice of apple and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick.


  • Various different Amaretto brands can be used. I like Disaronno.
  • Use fresh lemon juice if you can, it provides the best flavor.
  • Garnishes are optional.
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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