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A Bocci Ball Cocktail for Amaretto Day

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, Cocktail Culture fans! This Thursday is no ordinary Thursday – it happens to be National Amaretto Day. Amaretto is a sweet almond flavor liqueur, boasting notes of caramel as well, and Hiram Walker’s all natural version is made from ingredients including apricot and almond.

So while I could offer up an entire family of cocktails to use your bottle of Amaretto with (a la Godfather cocktail) I’ll offer up instead the Bocci Ball cocktail. Here’s the recipe:

Bocci Ball:

  • 3.5 parts Orange Juice
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Amaretto

Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice.

It may be the Italian origins of both this game and liqueur that give the cocktail its name, but it is a great one to have in your back pocket for an outdoor dining or brunch cocktail.

What are some of your preferred uses of Amaretto? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!





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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Pit Stop

Pit Stop cocktail from Hiram Walker

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday’s Feature Cocktail on the blog, so let’s have at it today! The recipe I’ve chosen today from Hiram Walker is the Pit Stop, which sort of reminds me of those drinks that reminds everyone else of their grandparents. The all-natural flavors of the tart kirsch cherry are captured by Hiram Walker and smoothly rounded out with a bit of fresh lemonade.

Have at it, and be sure to regale us with stories by the fireplace about how you had to walk four miles in the snow – uphill both ways, of course! – to get to school as a child.

Pit Stop

  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Kirschwasser
  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Cherry Flavored Brandy
  • Dash of Hiram Walker® Amaretto
  • 2 parts Lemonade

Serve over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with your choice of a cherry and/or lemon twist. 

Cheers to a great weekend!


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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Key Lime Pie Martini

Sorry for the week off folks – I’ve been busy prepping and planning for an upcoming presentation at the NY Bar and Wine Show in just over one week (you can read more about it here).

However, I couldn’t let another Friday pass us by without featuring a great summer cocktail recipe to take us through the weekend.

But wait! There’s more!

With Sunday being one of the best days out of the year, National Martini Day, let’s plan to take in a few posts over the course of the weekend to celebrate the martini and the incalculable number of ways to make your perfect drink.

Although certainly not a martini by definition, I must say that this Key Lime Pie cocktail recipe is one of my guilty pleasure favorites to imbibe in during the summer months (we’re officially underway starting June 21!). The creamy texture, beautiful color and slightly tart flavors imparted in this drink team up together for this cocktail served beautifully up in a martini glass. Make sure to grab one of your larger 6-8 oz. martini glasses – this recipe will keep your glass full for a while when the cream ingredients froth up!

Key Lime Pie martini

Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime.


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No Amore for Amaretto

Even with the given title of this particular blog post, I promise this is no more matter related to Valentine’s Day! Rather, we are talking about the cordial that captures on the all-natural flavors of the super food almonds, Amaretto Liqueur.

I came across the following 1977 Hiram Walker ad on Vintage Booze which is written with oh so much affection (“sensuous flavors of exotic almonds!”). Who wouldn’t want to go and grab a bottle of Amaretto after seeing this?! The advertisement got me thinking of what recipes called for Amaretto in the 1970s. Ironically enough, I have a copy of “The Complete World Bartender Guide – The Standard Reference to 2000 Drinks” in my desk – a pretty basic cocktail guide given to me as a reference item from my boss. It has an original copyright date from…1977!

Straight to the index I went and was disappointed not to find an Amaretto category. That’s fine – maybe it just isn’t a primary liqueur ingredient. They have “Italian Liqueurs” as an index category; however, all those recipes checked out to be mainly either Galliano or Strega. I checked for the words “almond”, “toasted”, “godfather”, “godmother” and none of them could be found in this bartender guide!

So the question I’m posing today is this: What drinks were being made with Amaretto in the late 1970s?

Although the label has changed over the years, Hiram Walker is still making their all-natural Amaretto Liqueur today. There are literally thousands of recipes in cocktail forums online calling for this product ranging from the Amaretto Sour to the Alabama Slammer and more. Today, I’ll share the Amaretto Rose, a drink so simple to build with common ingredients you already have in your bar. Enjoy!

Amaretto Rose:

  • 1 1/2 parts Hiram Walker Amaretto
  • 1/2 part Lime Juice
  • Fill with Club Soda
Pour Amaretto and lime juice over ice in a collins glass. Fill with Club Soda.


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