Can an Amaretto Sour Be Turned Into a Slushie? Uh, Yes.

The trusty Amaretto Sour is a universally beloved cocktail. Naturally, we took it up a notch.

Amaretto Sour Frozen
Photo: Dawn Perry

The iconic Amaretto Sour uses a simple recipe: amaretto (an almond-flavored liquor from Italy) shaken with ice, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. It's typically garnished with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice—well, that's the way your grandfather probably drank it. Amaretto Sours have garnered relic status over the years, but this old-timey favorite has made a major comeback.

Still, we wanted to ramp up our cocktail game. So we decided to reinvent this sweet-and-nutty drink as a frozen treat. Enter the refreshing and irresistible Amaretto Sour Slushie.

How To Make an Amaretto Slushie

First, the simple syrup. Making simple syrup is as easy as dissolving equal parts sugar in water. In a saucepan, cook ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water, stirring over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes; let cool. Pulse ½ cup Amaretto liqueur, such as Disaronno with the juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons), 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 ½ cups ice in a blender until a slushie texture is achieved. Pour into two glasses and garnish each with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

The recipe for this simple, refreshing Amaretto Sour upgrade can easily be doubled or tripled for bigger batches. For another summer hit gone frozen, long live frosé. And for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink (and ok, dessert), a malted frozen hot chocolate is always a hit.

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