If you dig into the back of your liquor cabinet (like way, way back), we assure you that you’ll find a bottle of amaretto hiding in the shadows. Made from apricot kernels and almonds, amaretto is that dessert liquor that you buy once, for one specific drink, before it slowly shimmies its way to the depths of your liquor cabinet. Instead of letting that bottle gather dust, you can use it in a variety of cocktails that require the nutty liqueur. Here, the six best amaretto cocktails you can easily make at home. Now you’ll never let a bottle of amaretto go to waste.
6 Best Amaretto Cocktails
Named for the 1971 thriller French Connection—with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as hard boiled detectives—this amaretto cocktail is a dangerously boozy after dinner libation. Made with four ounces of straight booze, its sweet, nutty taste deceptively disguises the sting of the liquor.
If you have an aversion to fire, be advised: This Boilermaker variation is literally flaming (hence the name). A mix of equal parts rum and amaretto, this shot-tail is lit ablaze and dropped into a beer. While there is no actual Dr. Pepper involved in the making of this drink, the combination of ingredients oddly tastes exactly like the sugary soft drink.
This classic amaretto cocktail is the official fan drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team at the University of Alabama. Ripe for tailgates and frat parties, this cocktail doesn’t taste as boozearific as it is—it’s more akin to an orangey, nutty dessert. But don’t let its taste fool you because the Alabama Slammer has enough alcohol to give you a doozy of a headache if you’re not careful.
With a name like Rocket Fuel, you should have an idea of what you’re getting into with this cocktail. Inspired by the Piña Colada, this variation on the classic was invented on Fire Island, just outside of New York City. Designed to get the beach party started, the cocktail has the added boozy pleasure of amaretto and a float of 151 rum poured right in the straw so you can ignite your buzz with the very first sip.
Another cocktail named for a titular ‘70s crime drama, this classic cocktail is made with equal parts whiskey and amaretto. Every bit as alcoholic as its counterpart, the Godfather’s subtle sweetness packs a punch. This dessert libation is best sipped slowly to aid with digestion after a satisfyingly heavy meal.
Probably the most well known amaretto cocktail, this classic sour has everything you could want from a drink made with the nutty liquor. Like a Whiskey Sour for dessert, it manages to be booze-forward, sour, subtly savory and sweet all at once. And if you’re new to the nut-based liqueur, there’s no better way to introduce yourself to amaretto than with an Amaretto Sour.