Have you ever tried the Godfather Cocktail? I promise this combination of whiskey and Amaretto liqueur is an offer is hard to refuse. The Godfather is one of those classic cocktails you must try.
The Godfather cocktail is a classic cocktail that was popular in the 1970s, it is believed the popularity of the cocktail had something to do with the Godfather movies. You don’t have to know a lot about cocktail mixology to make this drink. Recently many mixologists have been bringing this cocktail back.
Perfect combination of Whiskey and Ameretto
The Godfather cocktail is well-suited for those who don’t drink a lot of whiskeys, or those who want to start to drip their toes into the wonderful world of whiskey. The Ameretto balances the whiskey’s heat very nicely. Ameretto has a wonderful flavor of almonds.
The magic ratio depends on your preference
Traditionally this drink is made with a 1 to 1 ratio of whiskey and Amaretto. For some this is too sweet of a drink, thanks to the @stoutguy, I prefer a 2 to 1 ratio of whiskey to Ameretto. Other bartenders favor a 3 to 1 ratio of whiskey to Amaretto.
The real secret for this drink is the Luxardo Cherries. The Luxardo Cherries add a complex touch. Some bartenders will use Maraschino cherries. The Luxardo Cherries are the pre-cursor to the Maraschino cherries. These Italian cherries aren’t as sweet as the Maraschino cherries, but they are rich, dark red, and the perfect accompaniment to many cocktails. If you don’t have any on hand, you could use Maraschino. Learn how Maraschino cherries came from Luxardo cherries. You can find these cherries at my liquor stores, and I have bought them on Amazon.combefore.
What type of Whiskey should you use for a Godfather cocktail?
There are five broad types of whiskey: Scotch, Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Canadian Whiskey, and Japanese Whiskey. My preference for this drink is either scotch or bourbon. I personally prefer a Bourbon Whiskey that is made from wheat for a Godfather cocktail. You could use a single-grain whiskey like Bernheim, Makers Mark, but you should use what you have on hand!
How strong is a Godfather?
This cocktail only contains alcohol. So it should be sipped and savored. You could add a bit of club soda to the drink, or you may want to allow the ice to melt a tiny bit if you feel the drink is too strong.
If you are in the Houston area on September 19, 2019, join me at the World of Whiskey event in Houston, Texas. You can spend an evening tasting many different types of whiskey.
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- 1 ounce Amaretto
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 2 Luxardo cherries
- ice cubes
- Fill a rocks glass 2/3 full of ice cubes.
- Add Amaretto and whiskey to the glass.
- Stir well.
- If desired add a few drops of Luxardo cherry syrup to the glass.
- Garnish with two or three Luxardo cherries.