Amaretto Cocktails, Two Ways

So we all have our favorite type of mixed drink, right? Let me endeavor to change that with these two recipes.

Amaretto is likely one of my favorite liqueurs to work with in terms of not only cocktails, but also cooking. It’s sweet, mildly fruity (despite being flavored with almonds) and makes everything taste just plain awesome!

Here are two recipes that come from opposite ends of the spectrum. One is sweet and summery, I am already planning for the warm weather, and the other is one that can go hot or cold.

Strawberry amaretto lemonade

Strawberry Amaretto Lemonade


  • 2 strawberries, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 1 shot amaretto, you can add more to adjust for your cup’s volume
  • 1/4 cup water, you can add more to adjust for your cup’s volume

Step 1: Mix the mashed strawberry, a few tablespoons of the water and honey in a cup, cook in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Cooking the berries will enhance their flavor. The liquid should foam, but not boil over.

Step 2: Add the lemon juice, amaretto and the remaining water. Mix well with a handful of ice. Add more honey if the sweetness does not suit your taste.


amaretto café au lait

Amaretto Café au Lait


  • 1/4 cup coffee, hot
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 shot spiced rum
  • 1 shot amaretto
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Cookie crumbs and chocolate syrup optional

Step 1: Mix all ingredients aside from the cookie crumbs and chocolate syrup in a lidded jar. Close and shake vigorously for a minute. The cream will foam the drink, mimicking steamed milk. Add more cream if foam is not achieved.

Step 2: Pour a tablespoon of chocolate syrup into a shallow plate. Spin the mouth of a cup in the syrup until the entire rim is coated well. In another plate, add the cookie crumbs. Spin the mouth of the cup in the cookie crumbs as well. This will cookie-coat the rim.

Step 3: Pour your cocktail into the cup. Enjoy!

Audrey Perkins

Contributing Editor, Indiana University Major: Journalism Her heart belongs to: Great coffee, fresh pastries and a good short story Take her away to: Her favorite unknown cafés in Paris

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