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Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour
Courtesy Of:   Public House 49
Ingredients:
  • 2 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Syrup
Amaretto is an Italian sweet almond-flavored liqueur. It is made from a base of apricot or almond pits. The name is a diminutive of the Italian amaro, meaning "bitter", indicating the distinctive flavor lent by the mandorla amara--the bitter almond. The bitterness is not unpalatable because the flavor is usually enhanced by sweeteners in the final products. Therefore, the liqueur's name can be said to describe the taste as "a little bitter". The drink is associated with love becuase of the confusion with the word amore which means "love". Origin: In 1525, a Saronno church commissioned artist Leonardo Da Vinci and student Bernardino Luini to paint their sanctuary with frescoes. As the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Luini needed to depict the Madonna, but was in need of a model. He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper, who became his model and lover. Out of her gratitude and affection, the woman wished to give Luini a gift. Her simple means did not permit much, so she steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting concoction to Luini. And behold, the Amaretto was born. Shake amaretto and lemon juice with cracked ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the slice of orange and serve
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