This cocktail is an indulgent sweet treat for fans of amaretto (a almond marzipan flavour) and sweet cherries. Vodka Guy doesn’t have a massive sweet tooth so is unlikely to drink more than 1 or 2 but some friends of his who live for desserts can really knock these back. If you use the best ingredients you can afford, however, it is a cocktail worth drinking. I recommend you experiment with the amount of cherry syrup. Some people prefer more than 1 tablespoon in this drink but I don’t recommend you use more than 2 tablespoons. If you use more than 1 tablespoon of syrup, try and increase the amount of amaretto and lemon juice (especially the lemon juice) to balance the drink flavours out more.
cocktail shaker and strainer (or glass jar with lid and small strainer), 35ml measure, tablespoon measure, 250ml glass (or larger), ice, cocktail stick, and stirrer (small spoon perhaps!).
35 ml amaretto. I recommend Saliza (superior to Amaretto). You could use Disaronno if you are in a bind.
15 ml or one tablespoon cherry syrup. I recommend Fabri Amarena. There are cheaper brands but if you are going to have this sweet treat cocktail, it is not worth skimping on the cherry flavour.
3 or 4 demi-glace cherries from the jar you used for the cherry syrup. Thread these onto a cocktail stick.
35 ml vodka. How about Koskenkorva?
Big squeeze of fresh lemon juice – a quarter of a yellow lemon, perhaps.
Place the amaretto, vodka, cherry syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker or jam jar with lid together with ice and shake well. Strain contents into glass containing fresh 4 or 5 ice cubes. Top up with sparkling water and stir gently. Serve with cherry cocktail stick balanced on top and maybe a straw.