Disaronno Sour Cocktail Recipe

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Disaronno Sour Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:1 g

Carbohydrates:27 g


Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Disaronno Sour is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Italy, where the Disaronno liqueur was first produced in the 16th century. The cocktail is popular among those who enjoy a sweet and sour flavor profile, and is often served as an aperitif or after-dinner drink.

  • The Disaronno liqueur is made from a secret blend of herbs, fruits, and almonds, giving the cocktail its unique flavor.
  • The sour element of the cocktail comes from the addition of lemon juice, which balances the sweetness of the Disaronno.
  • The Disaronno Sour has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, as bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts rediscover classic cocktails and put their own modern twists on them.

How Disaronno Sour Tastes?

The Disaronno Sour is a sweet, sour, and slightly nutty cocktail. The combination of Disaronno and lemon juice creates a harmonious balance of flavors, with the almond notes from the liqueur adding depth and complexity. The cocktail is both refreshing and satisfying, making it perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or as a palate cleanser after a rich meal.

Interesting facts about Disaronno Sour

  • Disaronno is an Italian liqueur that dates back to 1525, and its recipe has remained unchanged since then.
  • The Disaronno Sour is sometimes served with a dash of egg white, which adds a frothy texture and a creamy mouthfeel to the cocktail.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a cherry or a lemon twist, adding a pop of color and an extra layer of flavor.



Disaronno is the cornerstone of this concoction, providing a sweet, almond-like flavor that's undeniably alluring. At 2 oz, it's just the right amount to assert its presence without bowling you over. If Disaronno were to play hooky, you'd be sipping on a rather bland lemonade. Alternatives? Try amaretto from a different brand, knowing the flavor profile might shift slightly.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice plays the bright-eyed counterpart to Disaronno's smooth operator. 1 oz is the sweet spot—enough zing to tickle the taste buds, not so much to cause a pucker-face epidemic. Skip it, and you lose the 'sour' in Disaronno Sour, leaving a sugary imbalance. Fresh is best, but bottled will do in a cinch!

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Simple Syrup

At 0.5 oz, simple syrup rounds out the edges, adding a touch of sweetness that makes everything play nice. Too much, and you're in cavity territory; too little, and that tart lemon could get unruly. No syrup on hand? A spoonful of sugar could help make the Disaronno go down.

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Egg White (optional)

The optional egg white is the party trick, throwing in mouthfeel and froth for days. Think of it as the foam on your cappuccino – not essential, but a bit of luxury. Vegan or nervous about raw egg? Skip it, and the cocktail stays delicious, just less 'Instagrammable.'

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Maraschino Cherry

That maraschino cherry isn't just sitting pretty—it's like the cherry on top, quite literally. It adds a splash of color and a retro vibe, plus a sweet, chewy finale to your sipping experience. No cherry? A cocktail onion will not suffice—try a raspberry or just bask in the minimalism.

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Lemon Twist

Finally, the lemon twist. This zesty garnish releases oils that whisper 'freshness' into the glass and tickles your nose with every sip. No twist would make your cocktail look undressed, and trust me, nobody wants a naked drink.

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Recipe. How to make Disaronno Sour Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Disaronno, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. If using egg white, add it to the shaker as well.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, until well chilled and frothy.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • If you're using the optional egg white, make sure to shake the cocktail without ice first (a 'dry shake') to emulsify the egg.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese plate: Creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese can balance the sweetness of the Disaronno.
  • Savory Canapés: Think prosciutto and melon or bruschetta to complement the tartness of the lemon.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus elements of the Disaronno Sour help to enhance the flavors of grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Roast Chicken: The acidity cuts through the fat, making for a perfect pairing.


  • Lemon Tart: Echoes the citrus flavor of the cocktail for a harmonious finish.
  • Almond biscotti: Picks up on the nutty notes of Disaronno.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: Keeps the palate cleansed without overshadowing the cocktail flavors.
  • Iced tea: Its slight bitterness can be a nice counterbalance to the cocktail's sweetness.

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What you could change in Disaronno Sour

  • Disaronno: Can be substituted with any other amaretto liqueur.
  • Lemon Juice: Can be substituted with lime juice for a different flavor profile.
  • Simple Syrup: Can be substituted with agave nectar or honey.

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Disaronno Spiced Sour

Ingredients: 2 oz Disaronno, 1 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz spiced simple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 egg white (optional), Cinnamon stick for garnish. Recipe: Follow the base recipe, substituting the simple syrup with spiced simple syrup and adding two dashes of Angostura bitters to add depth. This twist adds a warming spice for those cooler evenings, and a cinnamon stick garnish adds to the aromatic experience.

Disaronno & Berry Sour

Ingredients: 2 oz Disaronno, 1 oz mixed berry puree, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup, 1 egg white (optional), Fresh berries for garnish. Recipe: Combine Disaronno, mixed berry puree, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the shaker. After shaking and straining, the result is a fruitier, more vibrant sour, with the berry flavors playing well with the nuttiness of the liqueur. A skewer of fresh berries makes a beautiful garnish.

Disaronno Fizz

Ingredients: 2 oz Disaronno, 1 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup, 1 egg white (optional), Sparkling water, Lemon zest for garnish. Recipe: Shake the Disaronno, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white with ice. Strain into a highball glass with no ice and top with sparkling water. This version adds effervescence for a refreshing twist, lifting the flavors and providing a tantalizing fizz that dances on the tongue.

In case you forgot basics how to make Disaronno Sour

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Disaronno Sour

What type of glass is best for serving the Disaronno Sour?

A rocks glass is typically used, though any short tumbler can work. The wide mouth helps to release the drink's aromatics, enhancing its flavors.

Can Disaronno Sour be made into a mocktail (non-alcoholic version)?

Yes, you can replace the Disaronno with an almond flavored syrup to mimic the flavors and craft a mocktail version.

What is the right way to use the cocktail shaker when making the Disaronno Sour?

Begin with a dry shake if you are using an egg white, which helps to emulsify it. Then add ice and shake again until well chilled. It usually takes about 10-15 seconds for the ideal temperature and dilution.

What other types of garnish can be used for the Disaronno Sour?

While a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist are traditional, you may also consider using an orange slice or a few dashes of bitters to enhance the drink's presentation and flavor.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

While bottled juice can be used in a pinch, fresh juice will always provide a more vibrant flavor.

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