Amaretto Bourbon Punch.
Can you tell how badly I have SUN on the brain?!
I am ready.
I am ready to sit in the driveway and sip boozy punch. I am ready to throw cherries in my cocktails and feel good about it since I get a serving of fruit. I am ready to cheers these pink glasses at 6PM (okay, 4PM) on a Thursday while grilling pizza. And I hate cheers-ing.
I might have went a little overboard and starting planning some Kentucky Derby-like cocktail ideas a month early, but it’s never too early to throw a party for about 63 seconds, right?
I’m a huge huge huge fan of amaretto. Huge. An amaretto sour was the first “real” drink I had in an actual bar when I was in college – something other that watery beer in a pitcher and Malibu rum in our dorm room.
Sidenote: we couldn’t even keep an unlit coconut scented candle in our room without wanting to die after the Malibu evening. Whoops.
Eddie probably likes amaretto – as long as he doesn’t know that it’s amaretto – but he definitely doesn’t like bourbon or whiskey or anything of the sort. Two years ago when he went to the Derby, he tried to drink a mint julep and just couldn’t do it. His cocktails of choice usually include lots of fruit juice, rum, lime and umbrellas and I’m not even joking.
In fact, if there is an umbrella involved he almost will love it for sure.
Because of that, I threw a little tropical taste in here in hopes of maybe getting him to taste it. You may have noticed that I’ve been sharing more of my favorite cocktail recipes since the new year began and I just have to say that making a pitcher of a delicious drink is near impossible when you are the only one in your home that wants to sip it.
It’s fun until it’s not!
In those cases we do something delicious called GRANITAS. Boozy, lovely granitas. Just a (non-drunk) tip.
This punch works for everything, I am declaring in a very biased manner. It’s perfect for spring, summer, Mother’s day and all sorts of gatherings that you want to have that may or may not include pizza and brownies or salad and potato chips.
This drink looks pink, but it’s not super pink – I used some cherry juice in the bottom of the glasses, but the glasses themselves are pink! Therefore I want to drink everything out of them everyday forever and ever.
We will start with amaretto punch though, and go from there.
Amaretto Bourbon Punch
- 2 cups bourbon
- 2 cups ginger ale
- 1 cup amaretto
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice, plus extra for the glasses
- maraschino cherries, for topping
- orange juice for garnish
- Combine the bourbon, ginger ale, amaretto, simple syrup, lime juice, orange juice and cherry juice together and stir. (At this point I would taste and adjust for any sweetness – you might want more amaretto, more bourbon or more syrup depending on your preferences!)
- Fill a glass with crushed ice and add a few drops of cherry juice. Pour the punch over the ice and garnish with cherries and orange slices!
- Note: simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar heated until boiling, whisk until the sugar dissolves, and let cool to room temp!
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40 Comments on “Amaretto Bourbon Punch.”
I’m a huge fan of amaretto, too! My drink of choice was always an “amaretto and Sprite.” So refreshing! Thanks for the recipe, Jessica. I need to adapt it to make just 1-2 servings. I’ll report back on my results. ;-)
Love a cocktail like this! Great summer vibes.
Ha! Ha! I remember the good all college days. . .getting drunk off of amaretto sours. I’m still a huge amaretto fan. . .but I must admit I haven’t had an amaretto sour since those days (they’re a little too sweet for me now). But this ameretto bourbon punch. . .oye! Is it wrong of me to crave one of these babies at 9 am?
We sure have the sun on the brain too! I wish I was outside right now sipping one of these!
LOVE derby cocktail time!!!! this is SO the cheery pick-me-up my sluggish Thursday morning needed x
These are gorgeous, and make me think that I should have a Derby party… but I really don’t do lots of alcohol well. For example, a single glass of wine makes me sooooo happy. Then sleepy. Then asleep. So would it be too sweet if I just used the amaretto and skipped the bourbon?
I also have a super alpha male husband who doesn’t like any booze unless it’s fruit juiced or candied up and served with an umbrella or flaming marshmallow. He said he’s comfortable enough in his masculinity to love “girly drinks”.
Grilling pizza is so intimidating to me! How do I do it?? HAAALP!
I’ve mastered the cast iron skillet pizza thanks to your brussels sprout and bacon recipe and am obsessed, but pizza on the grill is a whole other thing.
This looks delicious! I started daydreaming a little bit when you were talking about drinks outside while grilling pizza. That sounds like perfection!
I just love amaretto so I would love to try this out!!
Oooh, I also adore amaretto! This looks right up my alley. Gorgeous photos!
Ha! My husband is the EXACT same way! He won’t drink beer but give him a fruity drink with an umbrella and he is game! Although he does love whiskey. So this would be right up his alley!
I’ve never had amaretto before but… never too late to try, right?
Geez, your husband and I should go out drinking together! We’d order the same drinks! ;-)
Mmm, amaretto = love! Amaretto sours are one of my favorites too, besides Malibu drinks!
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Same feelings on Malibu…many years later. It was the drink of choice for a bachelorette party with an entire group of first time drinkers. I still cannot look at a bottle of the stuff!
I’m willing to try this….even though not a huge Amaretto fan. Malibu, I’m all in. AND how am I the first perso lusting over the pink glasses??? WHERE can I get them? And do they ship north of the border?
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I love amaretto sours that’s usually my go to drink besides wine (I also love white Russians).
This punch looks fantastic, I want to make it but I don’t think me and my husband should drink this all on our own.
Bright colors and I really like a good punch. Thanks!
Such a lovely punch for home parties! I’m sure that will be everyone’s favourite!
THIS x 1,000,000!!! Gosh, I wish we were neighbors! (I need to have Jack look into schools in PA!)
It’s like college all over again!!!
This looks delicious! What a perfect drink to serve at brunch.
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For the maraschino cherry juice, do you use the liquids from the jar of cherries, or are you using the syrup?