”Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Don Vito Corleone.
The godfather cocktail named after the revered trilogy does it justice. Like an offer from Corleone, you won’t refuse this drink. A simple, yet powerful mixture of whiskey and amaretto.
As with movies, few drinks can withstand time. The godfather fits both categories. The cocktail is easy to make at home but classy transporting you to Don Corleone’s office when you take a sip. Alright, that might just be me. I’m a fan of the movies.
However, according to a few Marlon Brando, the original godfather preferred this drink. There is also a connection between the Mob and amaretto. Most say the Italian Mob played a role and/or influenced the movie, and amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur. The almond-flavored alcohol beverage originated in Saronno, Italy.
The godfather cocktail
This cocktail is a combination of two ingredients, whiskey, and amaretto. Since the original recipe calls for scotch, we chose to use Real Spirits Distilling. Located in the Texas hill country, they focus on single malts but are not afraid to push the boundaries. The heavy fruit flavors from their single barrel #71 complement the sweet nuttiness of Disaronno, our amaretto of choice.
The traditional recipe uses equal parts, but we prefer to let the whiskey shine. We adjusted the mixture to 2 to 1 whiskey vs. amaretto.
Like the godfather says, “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” This cocktail is the same. Experiment with bourbon (or rye) and the ratio to create the version you like.
2 oz whiskey
1 oz amaretto
How to make the godfather cocktail
Pour the whiskey and amaretto into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Stir. A Luxardo cherry or orange peel garnish is optional.