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Cranbaretto Sour

Send the classic Amaretto sour straight into fall or winter cocktail territory by adding a cranberry simple syrup. Not only does it turn the cocktail a pretty pink, it also adds a refreshing tartness to cut through the sweetness of Amaretto. You can substitute tart cherries in the simple syrup as another variation.


8 cocktails

Total Time

30 minutes

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The cranberry simple syrup is really more of a sauce, and once chilled will thicken. To incorporate it into the cocktail, you may need to whisk it up first.


Heat 2 cups cranberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium to a boil for the cranberry simple syrup. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until berries burst.

Off heat, crush berries with a potato masher, then steep 15 minutes; strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing fruit to extract as much liquid as possible, then cover and chill.

Combine amaretto, lemon juice, and 5 Tbsp. cranberry simple syrup in a pitcher with ice, stirring until cold. Strain sour into 8 ice-filled glasses and garnish with lemon slices and cranberries.

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