For Foodies Magazine I developed a recipe with the flavours of my favourite cocktail: A Disaronno sour. There is actually a little backstory to it, which I’ll share today.
It starts off with my boyfriend. He has a deadly nut allergy, which is why I nuts haven’t been part of my diet for over a decade. About two years ago he went to Berlin for an internship and I got to go on a school trip to Bologna, Italy. We went in November, but it was surprisingly warm still. So one night me and a group of friends went to a little cocktail bar and sat on their terrace. One of my friends recommended the “Amaratto Sour”.
Amaretto (for those who don’t know) is an almond liquor, so normally I wouldn’t drink it. But being so far away from my boyfriend, I decided to put these allergy restrictions to the side and give it a go. Lo and behold:
THE BEST DRINK EVER
As someone who rarely finds any alcoholic beverage even drinkable, I was absolutely gobsmacked. This tasted like a pastry in a glass: sweet, sour, creamy, yumm. Coming back home I knew I would have this drink for a long time…
Hopping forward to me leaving a year later, to do an internship in London for about 5 months. Out after a hilarious pantomime we landed in a bar with Amaretto Sours. Ofcourse I took the opportunity to order one and I fell in love all over again. I also just didn’t want to accept I would never have this again (or at least, nearly never).
I knew you can also obtain almond flavours from apricot pits. Or maybe there was a way to make a liquor from almonds which just has the flavourcomponents. So what do you do? You ofcourse send a DM and an email to Disaronno, asking whether or not their drink is safe to consume for people with nut allergies. It took some time, but I got the answer! People with a nut allergy can safely consume Disaronno. OMG!
So then ofcourse I got a big ass bottle haha. I don’t drink often, maybe once every two months, but I love making a more luxurious drink like this cocktail when I do. Two notes: Just to be safe I always only use the Disaronno liquor, because I don’t know what the situation is with other amarettos. And I always follow this recipe for the amaretto sour.