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The amaretto stone sour is citrusy and refreshing! Cousin of the amaretto sour, it’s a spin made with orange juice, ideal for brunch or lazy afternoons.

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Here’s one of the most refreshing, citrus-forward amaretto drinks there is: the Amaretto Stone Sour! Of course you know the Amaretto Sour, that classic boozy sour cocktail with the retro egg white foam. Well, the stone sour is a sour made with orange juice! It’s light and refreshing, perfect for sipping at brunch or on a lazy afternoon with a book. It’s sweet tart with just right right finish of nutty amaretto. In fact, it’s barely related to the amaretto sour at all….and it’s got an intriguing history. Here’s more about this unique drink.

What’s in an amaretto stone sour?

An amaretto stone sour is a sour cocktail made with orange juice and amaretto. The traditional sour has liquor, citrus, and sweetener. But a stone sour adds orange juice. This makes it a cross between a sour and a highball, a cocktail that uses a large percentage of juice or soda water. Here’s what’s in an amaretto stone sour:

  • Amaretto
  • Orange juice
  • Sweet and sour mix

A few more orange juice cocktails? The Tequila Sunrise, Screwdriver, Fuzzy Navel, Harvey Wallbanger, and of course the always popular Mimosa.

Amaretto stone sour

The real story behind the amaretto stone sour!

The amaretto stone sour is known as a classic 1970’s drink. But here at A Couple Cooks, we did some digging into the real story behind this drink. Here’s what we found!

  • The first mention of a “stone sour” in literature is in a cocktail book from 1917 called The Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock. It was the first cocktail book ever published by an African American! The stone sour in that book had lemon juice, orange juice, rock candy syrup, and gin (here’s the original recipe).
  • It’s possible that bartenders of the 1970’s dusted off Bullock’s recipe to make it into the amaretto stone sour. Change gin to amaretto, and poof! It’s a new drink.
  • Tom Bullock, the Black bartender behind the stone sour, isn’t widely given credit for this drink. Let’s change that and tell the true story behind the drink that history has erased. Here’s more about African American bartenders behind popular cocktails.
Sweet and sour mix

Homemade sweet and sour mix is a must!

When you make this amaretto stone sour, promise us one thing. Make it with homemade sweet and sour mix! Sure, you could use storebought mix…but we find that pre-packaged sour mix is much too sweet! It also might have artificial colors or preservatives in it.

Our homemade sweet and sour mix is so full of sweet tart lemon lime flavor! It’s just the right amount of sweet and citrusy. Once you make a jar, you can use it for up to 1 week.

A quick substitute for sour mix

Don’t want to make your own sour mix? Or don’t think you’ll use the whole bottle? (We get it.) Here’s a quick way to substitute for a sour mix if you’re just making one amaretto stone sour drink:

  • 1 ½ ounces sweet and sour mix equals ½ ounce simple syrup, ½ ounce lime juice, and ½ ounce lemon juice
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What is amaretto?

Amaretto is an almond liqueur that originates from Italy. It tastes both sweet and bitter (amaretto means in Italian “little bitter”). It has such a distinctive flavor, once you’ve had it once: you’ll remember it forever. You may know the flavor from the popular amaretto cookies, a popular Italian sweet.

It’s worth getting a bottle for your shelf: you can use it in cocktails and in cooking, especially desserts! More drinks that feature amaretto? Try more amaretto cocktails like the Italian Margarita, Amaretto Coffee, Alabama Slammer, Toasted Almond, or French Connection.

Amaretto…with a classic amaretto sour!

When to serve an amaretto stone sour

The amaretto stone sour is a sweet tart and light, perfect for sipping! It’s great for serving as a:

  • Brunch drink
  • Lazy afternoon drink
  • Boating drink
  • Lake house drink
  • Patio drink
  • Retro 70’s party drink
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Amaretto stone sour

Amaretto Stone Sour

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The amaretto stone sour is citrusy and refreshing! Cousin of the amaretto sour, it’s a lighter spin made with orange juice, ideal for brunch or lazy afternoons.


  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) amaretto
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) homemade sweet and sour mix (or substitute ½ ounce each simple syrup, lime juice, and lemon juice)*
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: Orange wedge and cocktail cherry


  1. Stir together all ingredients in a lowball glass.
  2. Add ice. Garnish with a orange wedge and cocktail cherry, and serve.


*For the best flavor, don’t use purchased sour mix! It’s just not the same as homemade.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More sour cocktails

Sour cocktails are a family of cocktails with base liquor, sour, and sweet elements. Here are some more classics to try:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jill says:

    Wow. Absolutely delicious. Just the right balance of tangy and sweet.