Classic Godfather Cocktail

Have you ever tried the Godfather Cocktail? I promise this combination of whiskey and Amaretto liqueur is hard to refuse. The Godfather is one of those classic cocktails you must try.

two glasses of a classic Godfather cocktail

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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 dip their toes into the wonderful world of whiskey. The Ameretto balances the whiskey’s heat very nicely. Amaretto has a wonderful almond flavor.

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. 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 before.

Godfather cocktail ingredients

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.

two glasses of classic Godfather cocktail

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two glasses of a classic Godfather cocktail

Godfather Cocktail

Enjoy this classic cocktail made with whiskey and Amaretto. Everyone is going to love your cocktail recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Godfather cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 254kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 13g

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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