Summer Savories: Italian Sunset Cocktail

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned how hot it has been down here in the Peach State. Guess what?

It’s still hot.

Here we are in the middle of July and for me, the heat is unbearable. I’m dreading the month of August, but there is a light at the end of this scorching tunnel… Football season is right around the corner! Alas, this is not a post about football.

One of my BFF (we shall call her DJ) fell in love, married a soldier and moved earlier this year to Colorado. Before she left, they gave us a few boxes of goodies that would not be making the trek with them on their move. One of those items was a bottle of amaretto liqueur.

Back in college, I was introduced to an Amaretto Sour cocktail. While it was a delicious beverage, I had no idea what else I could create with amaretto. After I scoured the internet, I stumbled upon a recipe for an Italian Sunset and decided to give it a whirl with some slight modifications.

  • 2 ounces of amaretto liqueur
  • 3 ounces of orange juice
  • 3 ounces of black cherry sparkling water
  • 1 dash of cherry juice
Fix It
  1. Choose a pretty glass and fill it up with crushed ice.
  2. Pour the amaretto over the ice.
  3. Slowly add the orange juice.
  4. Slowly top with the sparkling water.
  5. Add a dash of cherry juice.
  6. Garnish with cherries or an orange slice.
While this concoction was much sweeter than anything I typically drink, it was a perfect, light, beverage for these hot summer months. Fruity drinks are tasty (in moderation) and you certainly get the pleasant yet rich flavors from the oranges and cherries.

I also used freshly squeezed orange juice and sparkling water because I had both ingredients on hand. Beware though, playing with fruit juice can leave you in a sticky mess with a dirty glass. Fun fact: if you pour really slow and carefully, you can layer the liquids for an attractive looking drink.

I was also informed that you can add amaretto to coffee. Where have I been?!

Have any of my ten followers used amaretto? We still have a lot left…enough for an Amaretto Sour, Italian Sunset and morning coffee!

I am seriously contemplating throwing some in my coffee. Post Whole 30 of course.


  1. This sounds soooo good! I'll have to tell my momma about it... Her all time favorite drink is an amaretto sour!

    1. It was good! The actual recipe calls for club soda instead of sparkling black cherry water. Whole 30 has made me modify my cocktails - ha!

  2. Amaretto sour was our signature cocktail at our August wedding reception. We had about 200 of them sitting inside the door for guests to grab on the way in. I hadn't thought about that drink in a few years though. Now, I've got 5pm and a bottle on my mind!

    1. I love Amaretto sours! In fact, I was introduced to my first during happy hour at Locos in AU. :)


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