Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail

This Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail is a classic drink recipe that we’ve kicked up with our homemade Amaretto instead of cognac!

We used our Homemade Amaretto to make these drinks so they taste even better! Some of our other favorite drinks made with Amaretto are these Island Champagne Cocktails and these dessert-like Toasted Almond Martinis!

Sidecar cocktail with shaker and orange garnish

What Is A Sidecar Cocktail?

A Sidecar cocktail is typically made with cognac, orange liquor and lemon juice. We’ve taken the liberty to swap out the cognac in this drink recipe and replace it with Amaretto for a nuttier, almond flavored drink.

This Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail is one of my favorite sipping cocktails, to be enjoyed at happy hour with friends or just at home in your favorite chair by the fireplace.

Why We Use Amaretto

We decided to try our Homemade Amaretto to make this sidecar cocktail because we just love the flavor that it brings to drink recipes. Not too sweet and a light almond flavor that compliments the orange liquor in this cocktail recipe. You can use Cointreau or Grand Marnier or Triple Sec. Triple sec bring the least expensive of the three but all will work just fine in this classic drink.

Ingredients For This Amaretto Sidecar

There are a few options when it comes to making this Amaretto Sidecar, here are the ingredients we chose to use!

Amaretto: We used our homemade amaretto but there are many good brands to choose from at the store if you’re not into making your own.

Cointreau: An orange flavored liquor made in France that’s used in a lot of cocktail recipes. Besides the orange flavor and smell, the liquor is clear in color.

Fresh lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice is a must when you’re making a drink like this sidecar cocktail that only has a few ingredients. The tartness from the lemon juice will help to balance some of the sweet flavors in this drink.

Amaretto sidecar drink being poured from cocktail shaker

How To Serve A Sidecar Cocktail

Add both liquors and the fresh lemon juice to a shaker with ice. Shake well to blend the flavors and to chill the cocktail and then strain into a coupe glass.

Serve these sidecar cocktail with fresh slices of oranges as garnish to highlight the orange liquor in the drink. Orange and almond flavors play very well together, they are almost dessert-like without being overly sweet.

Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail showing orange slices for garnish

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Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail showing orange slices for garnish

Amaretto Sidecar Cocktail

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x

We made this classic sidecar cocktail with our homemade Amaretto instead of cognac and we think you’re going to love it! A delicious sipping cocktail that’s perfect for happy hour or parties!



  • 2 ounces Amaretto (try our Homemade Amaretto recipe!)
  • 3/4 ounce orange liquor like Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Orange slices for garnish


  1. Add the Amaretto, orange liquor and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh orange slices.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American



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8 Responses
  1. Ethan

    A tasty libation. I made it a second time, using one ounce of amaretto and one ounce of cognac. Either way was good, I liked the slight less sweet variation.

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