This amaretto sunrise cocktail is a beautiful, classy drink that is easy to make in less than 5 minutes. Sweet amaretto liqueur is mixed with peach nectar and peach schnapps, followed by a drop of grenadine to mimic the look of a sunrise.
What is an amaretto sunrise?
This cocktail is a twist on the more popular tequila sunrise, which is made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine. In this recipe, amaretto is used rather than tequila. Instead of orange juice, this drink is made with fresh peach nectar and a dash of peach schnapps for a delicious sweet almond and peach combination of flavors.
Both drinks are called a sunrise because the contrast between the yellow juice and red of the grenadine before they are mixed looks like a sunrise.
Why this is the best amaretto cocktail:
- It uses peach nectar instead of orange juice. Orange juice works great with tequila, but it doesn’t pair as well with amaretto. On the other hand, peach nectar goes perfectly with the slightly almond taste of amaretto. If you’re set on using orange juice, you can of course do that instead, but I definitely recommend trying this peach version!
- It looks fancy. This cocktail looks so presentable. If you are serving it to guests, this is definitely a drink that is going to impress.
- It takes 2 minutes to make. Maybe even less than two minutes. The ingredients are simple, and there is no cocktail shaker involved, which makes this drink incredibly fast to prepare.
- Amaretto: Disaronno is probably the most common type of amaretto and works well for this drink. However, there are many different brands. Any type of almond-nut liqueur will work for this recipe.
- Peach nectar: Use a high quality peach nectar. Avoid juices which are overly sugary and artificial tasting, especially ones that are mixed with other flavors. If you want to substitute this for orange juice, use freshly squeezed juice.
- Peach Schnapps: This adds an extra little bit of peach flavor. Just a tiny amount gives an extra peach kick.
- Grenadine: A dash of grenadine defines the look of this cocktail. Grenadine also adds sweetness— but be careful because it is really sweet, so don’t add too much.
- Serve in a tall glass. For the best effect, serve this cocktail in a tall glass to get the best “sunrise” effect.
- Prepare in front of guests. If you are serving this to guests, you can add the grenadine in front of the guests to make the cocktail that much more impressive.
- Skip the grenadine. If you don’t like sweet cocktails, you can leave out the grenadine. Yes, this is the coolest part of the cocktail, but it does add a lot of sweetness, so taste-wise, some people may prefer a less sweet drink.
- 1 oz = 2 tablespoon = ⅛ cup. If you are more comfortable measuring in tablespoons or cups rather than ounces, you can easily convert the measurements.