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Thyme Amaretto Sour

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If you’re looking to shake up something special that’s a bit off the beaten path, let me introduce you to the Thyme Amaretto Sour. It’s a fresh take on the classic Amaretto Sour, bringing together an enticing blend of herbal and citrus notes with a rich, nutty undertone.

The Amaretto Sour has been a staple in the cocktail scene since the 1970s. Traditionally made with Amaretto—an almond-flavored Italian liqueur—combined with lemon juice and sometimes a sweetener or an egg white, it’s known for its rich, tangy flavor that’s both accessible and delightful. Over the years, bartenders have tweaked and twisted this recipe, adapting it to contemporary tastes by incorporating modern ingredients and techniques.

This Thyme Amaretto Sour recipe begins by muddling fresh thyme leaves with lemon juice. Thyme adds a subtle earthy layer that’s quite unexpected, yet remarkably refreshing. The lemon juice, freshly squeezed, injects a bright, acidic kick that cuts through the sweetness of the Amaretto.

Next, we introduce Amaretto and bourbon—a not-so-traditional twist. The Amaretto brings its signature sweet almond flavor which pairs beautifully with the robust, slightly smoky character of the bourbon. This duo sets the stage for a cocktail with depth and complexity.

The lemon thyme simple syrup is our secret weapon. It’s a homemade concoction that infuses classic simple syrup with more thyme and a zest of lemon, bridging our primary flavors and smoothing out the acidity of the lemon juice.

Egg white is the final touch before the first shake. Without ice at this stage, shaking the mixture vigorously allows the egg white to emulsify, creating a silky, foamy texture that feels luxurious on the palate. After this, we add ice and give it another good shake to chill the mixture thoroughly.

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Step 1: Drop a small handful of thyme leaves into a shaker with lemon juice, then muddle.

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Step 2: Pour in the remaining ingredients and give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy.

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Step 3: Add in some ice and shake again until chilled.

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Step 4: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish.

In this cocktail, each ingredient is essential, not just for its flavor but for how it interacts with the others. It’s about balance and finesse, and most importantly, enjoying a good drink at the end of a long day. So next time you’re in the mood for something uniquely delicious, give the Thyme Amaretto Sour a try. It might just surprise you how much you enjoy the complexity of these combined flavors.

Thyme Amaretto Sour

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Drop a small handful of thyme leaves into a shaker with lemon juice, then muddle.
  2. Step 2 – Pour in the remaining ingredients and give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy.
  3. Step 3 – Add in some ice and shake again until chilled.
  4. Step 4 – Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish.

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