Sweet & Sour: A tale of two liqueurs

This post is all about the ultimate sweet vs sour battle: Melon vs Almond, aka Midori vs Amaretto.

Of course there is ultimately only ever 1 winner this post will share 2 fantastic cocktails for you to decide. However for the sake of the battle I shall declare my winner at the end of the post…

So here are two refreshingly simple cocktail recipes you can make at home, recipes that when made correctly will freshen up this belated winter chill gripping us all.

So let’s get started with the Sweet in out Sweet & Sour battle:

SWEET: The Midori & Pineapple

Recipe:

50ml Midori

150ml Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Cherry

midori pineapple
As exotic as the colour and name infers…

Method:

  • Build the ingredients in a tall ice-filled glass.
  • Stir well and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

This cocktail is so simple you can make it whilst half cut; which, if we’re honest with ourselves, are the best type of cocktails. Blending the super sweet liqueur that is Midori (Melon flavour liqueur) with the ever-tropical flavour of fresh pineapple juice results in instant smiles all around. Make this for your friends and they’ll all be laughing off that rain-drenching they just suffered. Did I mention how easy it is to make?!

So drink up, and settle yourselves for the onslaught that is round 2…

SOUR: The Disaronno Sour

Recipe:

45ml Disaronno Liqueur

30ml Fresh Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon sugar

Garnish: Cherry

Amaretto Sour: a truly magnificent cocktail
Amaretto Sour: a truly magnificent cocktail

Method:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and drop in 3-5 ice cubes.
  • Shake well and for around 5-10 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a small rocks glass. Think western whisky glass.
  • Garnish by dropping in a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick.

And here is an old favourite: the amaretto sour. This cocktail has made the round over the last couple of years and gained extra exposure with Disaronno making it their flagship cocktail. Blending sweet almond flavoured liqueur with bitter lemon juice results in something a little tangy and rather sour. That’s not a bad thing though as this cocktail is surprisingly moreish and will have you addicted in no time. Best thing about them is how quick and easy they are to make. You can batch them too, just make sure you share out the contents equally, you may have trouble on your hands if not

This cocktail is a wonderful favourite of mine and yes I have used it in posts before but it really comes into its own when used in battle like this. Make a fresh batch of them up for you and your friends and you’ll be wondering why you disliked the rain in the first place. Rain is wonderful.

Ok so there it is your second and rather strong contender for the winner…

But it doesn’t stop there because there is a twist in this tale of two… In true soap-opera style these spirits find it hard to stay faithful to their own mixers and something terrible (or amazing) has happened… Disaronno has decided to cheat on its lemon/sugar mixer with its counterpart’s pineapple juice. But in a twist of fate Midori has also cheated but with the sugar lemon combination amaretto had come to love. I explain with these two bonus cocktails below:

The Midori Sour

Recipe:

45ml Midori

30ml Fresh Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon sugar

Garnish: cherry

Midori Sour - a classic twist on a classic cocktail
Midori Sour – a classic twist on a classic cocktail

Method:

  • Like the Amaretto sour, combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add 3-5 ice cubes.
  • Shake well and for around 5-10 seconds.
  • Strain into a small rocks glass and garnish with a cherry on a toothpick.

This version of a classic liqueur based sour retains more of its sweet taste than the amaretto sour, but not so much that it overpowers the drinks base. A perfect blend of sweet and sour this drink is a little harder to knock back due to its sweet/sour complexity (it’s rather rich) but is worth just as much attention as its previous form.

The Tropical Almond

Recipe:

50ml Disaronno

150ml Pineapple Juice

Garnish: cherry

The Tropical Almond: When Amaretto met Pineapple Juice...
The Tropical Almond: When Amaretto met Pineapple Juice…

Method:

  • Build in a tall ice-filled glass.
  • Stir well and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a straw.

This cocktail looks and sounds like it shouldn’t work, but for some reason the flavours blend considerably well. The refreshing taste of pineapple hits your first but then swiftly makes way for the subtle almond flavours of the Disaronno. ‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it’ is the tag line I’d hit you with after the looks you’ve almost certainly hit your computer screens with…

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