The origin of the Godfather cocktail is about as murky as a mob boss’s tax records. The cocktail became popular in the 1970s around the same time that the movie The Godfather premiered. The Italian amaretto liqueur brand Disaronno even claimed that the Godfather cocktail was a favorite of actor Marlon Brando, who portrayed the infamous Vito Corleone in the film.
Its history may be complex, but making this smoky and sweet cocktail is quite simple. The two ingredients you’ll need are a good Scotch whisky and amaretto liqueur.
How to Make a Godfather Cocktail
- 1 ounce Scotch whisky
- 1 ounce amaretto
- Orange twist, for garnish (optional)
Editor’s Tip: If you’d prefer a less-sweet cocktail, increase the scotch to 1-1/2 ounces and reduce the amaretto to 1/2 ounce.
Step 1: Give it a stir
Add the scotch and amaretto to a pint glass filled with ice. Stir to combine.
Step 2: Serve over ice
Strain the cocktail into a rocks or old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
Editor’s Tip: A single ice cube in the glass makes for an impressive presentation. Make large spheres or cubes with this silicone ice mold set.
Step 3: Garnish
Garnish with an orange twist and serve immediately. Cheers!
How Should the Cocktail Taste?
Given its ingredients, it should come as no surprise that this is a strong drink best suited for slow sipping. The smoky flavor of Scotch whisky blends beautifully with the sweet and slightly bitter almond taste of amaretto. This is definitely a cocktail for scotch lovers, so be sure to use a quality mid-range blended or single malt scotch for the best flavor. Here’s a Scotch whisky with surprising back for the buck.
Variations on the Classic Cocktail
The Godfather cocktail has several variations. A Godmother cocktail uses vodka instead of the scotch. Add cream to a Godfather and you have a Godson. Likewise, add cream to a Godmother cocktail and you get a Goddaughter.
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