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Amaretto Summer Soother

Kaili is an oenophile who has taken many wine and spirits courses over the years. She also happens to be married to a sommelier.

A delicious amaretto summer soother

A delicious amaretto summer soother

Amaretto Cocktails

Ah, summertime: Long, hot days and cold, refreshing drinks. Looking for a change from your usual summer sipper?

Who doesn't love amaretto? This sweet liqueur with its rich almond taste is used in a variety of cocktails and mixes well with other liqueurs, spirits, and juices. This recipe combines fresh lime juice and amaretto. The sweetness of the liqueur is moderated by the sourness of the lime, and the combination is terrific.

Amaretto drinks may just be the perfect tonic for a hot summer day!

Prep Time

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10 min

10 min

1 drink (8 ounces)

juicing the limes

juicing the limes


  • 2 ounces amaretto
  • 6 ounces fresh lime juice, or limeade
  • A few ice cubes
  • Curl of lime peel for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. I have a few of different shakers on hand. Whether you use a pretty crystal shaker or a functional stainless steel type, the result will be the same.
  2. Pour in the amaretto and lime juice.
  3. Shake well until the shaker is a little frosty on the outside.
  4. Strain the contents into an 8-ounce martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a curl of lime peel (optional).


  1. Three limes usually yield enough juice to make one drink. Strain the juice through a fine sieve to catch the tiny seeds, or if you aren't fond of pulp.
  2. If you are making drinks for a crowd and don’t want to juice so many limes, buy a can of good limeade from the frozen section of your local grocery store. Don’t dilute it as much as the directions on the can say, though. Typically, the directions call for four cans of water. Use three instead.
  3. You can also mix fresh lime juice and limeade together to come up with the number of ounces you need.


What Is Amaretto?

Amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur that has a very distinct almond flavor, although it sometimes doesn’t contain nuts at all. Instead, the liqueur made from apricot and/or almond kernels. The kernel is the seed found inside the stone pit in fruits like peaches, apricots, and plums, as well as in almonds and olives. It is these seeds or kernels that give amaretto its bitter flavor.

The name amaretto—meaning "a little bitter"—is derived from the Italian word amaro (bitter), but this liqueur should not be confused with the Italian herb-based liqueurs called amaro. Even though amaros are sweetened, they still retain a distinctly bitter taste because of the herbs and roots, and even bark, that go into their production. Depending on the specific producer, these herbs and roots can include anise, fennel, thyme, lemon balm, and sage.

Most amaretto is made by mixing the oil of apricot kernels with alcohol, fruit, and herbs, and then aging it for a period of weeks. It is then filtered and sweetened, and often further flavored with extracts like almond. There are many amaretto recipes on the internet, and most are based on almonds and high-proof vodka and brandy.

What Is Disaronno?

Disaronno is a type of amaretto. According to the Disaronno website, their version of this wonderful liqueur was first created in 1525. Almost four centuries later, Disaronno Originale® was produced and sold in the city of Saronno in a shop established by the Reina family. The company experienced significant growth in the sales of their amaretto in the 1960s, as the liqueur became more and more popular in Europe and in the United States. The distinctive square bottle that we know so well today was first produced in the 1970s.

By the 1980s, Disaronno was second only to Kahlua in terms of U.S. liqueur sales. Today, it is the best-selling Italian liqueur in the world and one of the top sellers among all liqueurs worldwide.

Disaronno is made from alcohol, burnt sugar, and the essence of 17 selected herbs and fruits soaked in apricot kernel oil. The recipe apparently has not changed since 1525, and the exact ingredients are a closely guarded secret. In my opinion, Disaronno is the best amaretto available. It has a distinctly fruity/nutty flavor, higher viscosity, and the nose and flavor are not as alcohol-forward as some other brands.

© 2012 Kaili Bisson


Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on November 26, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf and thank you! This is so tasty...bet you can't have just one :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

This drink is right up my alley! Disaronno is delicious and this lime cocktail sounds especially refreshing. I didn't know amaretto is usually made by mixing apricot kernels with alcohol! How interesting. Voted up and shared.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 15, 2012:

Hi and thank you for the feedback! This drink is great for bbqs, so yes, please share it. I have some more bbq recipes and drink recipes coming, so be on the look out! :-)

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 14, 2012:

Hi stars, if you like amaretto, this is the drink to try :-)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on June 14, 2012:

Looks delicious dear heart. Thank you for the nice hub. I will try it. GBY.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 13, 2012:

Hi Simone and thank you. This one is my personal favorite for the summer.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 13, 2012:

Goodness me, this sounds delicious! Love your original photos, too.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 12, 2012:

Hi Nell, give it a try...it is really different :-)

Nell Rose from England on June 12, 2012:

This is so great for summer, I have never tried Amaretto, so its good to try something new! cheers nell

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 12, 2012:

hi starstream, this is the perfect antidote for the heat :-)

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 12, 2012:

It is in the high 90's here in California today. Sounds tasty.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 12, 2012:

hi Denise, you are so welcome. Amaretto is one of my faves too, and this drink is just so tasty!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 12, 2012:

Kali--I just perused this hub and will tuck it away for when I return from my spiritual retreat. haha. Amaretto happens to be my favorite liquor, with DiSarnno at the top of the list. Thanks for sharing.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 12, 2012:

You are most welcome...I hope you enjoy it!

Milli from USA on June 12, 2012:

Looks fabulous drink for summer. Will be making this for sure. Thanks for sharing it.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 10, 2012:

Thank you both...so glad you like the hub and I know you'll love this drink. Fourth of July calls for a vat of this...if I'm doing the math correctly, a can of limeade (made according to directions) plus 2 cups of Amaretto should get you 8 drinks.

Gypsy48 on June 10, 2012:

Sounds refreshing, I'm ready for happy hour! Thanks for sharing :)

lovedoctor926 on June 10, 2012:

This is fabulous! I'm thinking for a Fourth of July barbecue and pool party. Great hub!

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 10, 2012:

Let me know how you enjoy this drink rahul :-)

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 10, 2012:

Aaah!! This is refreshing and tasty... Will love to try

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 10, 2012:

Hi tobusiness and Om...it is a great bbq drink. You can make a batch for a gang of people...be warned though, everyone will wants seconds :-)

Om Paramapoonya on June 10, 2012:

Sounds so refreshing! I will definitely try this drink. :)

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 10, 2012:

This look like one for me.

Printed and ready for the next BBQ, weather allowing.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 10, 2012:

Hi teaches, this drink is very refreshing. The lime juice really balances the sweetness of the amaretto.

Dianna Mendez on June 09, 2012:

Looks refreshing and citrus always makes any drink better.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 09, 2012:

Hi aviannovice, yes, it does the trick :-)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 08, 2012:

Sounds like a good item for the heat.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 08, 2012:

I love limes and I am ready to make this fabulous drink. Cheers!

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 08, 2012:

Thanks Marlene...it is really good. You will need lots of limes :-)

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 08, 2012:

You had me at Amaretto! I can't wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing. The pictures look so inviting.

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