The Franciscan, Amaretto Sour di Saronno?

The Franciscan, Amaretto Sour di Saronno?

The Amaretto Sour is a modern classic with a bad reputation. This “new classic” is “new” because it gained popularity in the 1960’s US market. This was during the surge of mixers like sour mix. The sloppy green Amaretto Sour concoction was born. You are not likely to find “sour mix” in cocktail bars anymore and we like that. Here is to hoping that you know better than to accept “sour mix” instead of either pasteurized, oxidized or fresh citrus in any sour.

Once you taste an Amaretto Sour made with a fresh lemon and real sugar all balanced with the Amaretto of your choice, you will never want another green slimy sour again.

Amaretto making in Italy dates back to the 14th century or earlier.  We at JC tend to believe that this cocktail was invented and made popular in Italy. Long before it hit the stages of America.

Amaretto infused into sweets. Amaretto sipped and balanced with fresh citrus from the back yard. This is the 14th Century Italy of our dreams.

Di Saronno (meaning ‘from Saronno’), claims the original(e) commercial Amaretto product. The debate is legendary, stemming from elaborate stories of Renaissance paintings to what date it became socially acceptable to use almond flavours in Italian cooking.

Shed all the controversy. Fortify the conversation with Amaretto Sour’s and sip to all the great history.

Amaretto Sour

The “Franciscan Sour” is my variation to the Amaretto Sour and my entry into the Disaronno Mixing Star Competition 2014′

5 ingredients, inspired by the original fresh recipe.

2 oz Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Fresh Seville Orange Juice

1/8 oz Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters

1 Fresh Egg White

[optional ingredients, 1/8 – 1/4 oz simple syrup]

Add ingredients to shaker, dry shake, wet shake with cubed ice and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with fresh Seville orange peel oils. Rest the rind on the pillow.

Amaretto Sour

The name is inspired by St Francis of Assisi and his followers the Franciscan’s.  They were devout monks and were known for many talents. Among them were the culinary arts, gardening and botany. This Amaretto Sour with spanish orange juice blended with the italian liqueur and the plum & rootbeer bitters felt like something a monk from the 11th – 16th century might prescribe for your ailments.

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