Old School Amaretto

The 1977 Hiram Walker ad that set off this whole Amaretto search. Couresty of Vintage Booze (click the photo to visit his site).

Remember back in February when I wrote about Hiram Walker’s Amaretto liqueur and asked how it was used in 1970s and 80s recipes?

Well on this most auspicious of National Amaretto Days, I thought it be only appropriate to share a few “Old School” recipes that came across my way. Whether or not you want to take the advice of a recipe book from the 70s or 80s (see Dr. Bamboo’s most recent post for further horrifying tales a la 1982…), I have presented you my warning and heed you to proceed with caution when making any or all of these cocktails. With that out of the way, I offer my many thanks to Greg from A History of Drinking for sharing these recipes unearthed from his library of cocktail books.

Gloria (1976 IBA Winner) by Giorgio Guida of Italy

  • 1/4 Bitter Campari
  • 1/4 Royal Stock
  • 1/4 Whiskey Old Crown
  • 1/8 White Special Carpano Vermouth
  • 1/8 Di Saronno Amaretto

Garnish: Maraschino cherry, Serve up in a Cocktail Glass.


  • 2 parts Dry Vermouth
  • 1 parts Amaretto (my recommendation is Hiram Walker)
  • Dash Orange Bitters

Shake with ice & strain into chilled old fashioned glass over fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Stilletto (I found another version of this drink online here)

  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 1/2 part Amaretto
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into chilled old fashioned glass over ice cubes.


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