Easy Cocktails to Use Up Liqueur

You used a tablespoon of amaretto for cookies. Now the bottle is lingering on the shelf. These simple drink recipes will take care of the leftovers.

If any of the liquor bottles in your bar are less than one-eighth full (like that 1989 crème de menthe), toss 'em. If there's more than a cocktail's worth, try out a new drink, such as a stinger or an Amaretto sour. But remember: "Some low-proof liqueurs can spoil", says Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail (Clarkson Potter, $35, amazon.com). "Spirits of 80 proof will last for years in most cases, but liqueurs should be tasted if they have been stored for that long."

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