It can get tiresome hearing everyone endlessly recommend you try something, but sometimes that thing is just as good as you’ve heard. This is the case with “The Godfather,” both the film and the cocktail named in the film’s honor. Like many cocktails, The Godfather has conflicting origins, the most common being that this was the favored drink of Marlon Brando himself.
The ingredients are a masterclass in simple combination for maximum impact: whiskey and amaretto, served on the rocks. The oak taste of the whiskey pairs perfectly with the rich almond flavor of the amaretto, with the large hunk of ice adding a nice crispness to the mix.
The Godfather is traditionally made with Scotch, but for our purposes we selected bourbon for a smoother flavor, specifically James Oliver American-based whiskey. Known for its dark flavoring, we felt that would help bring out the sweetness of the amaretto. Which amaretto to use though?
Something to bear in mind with this favorite Italian liquor is the most commonly sold varieties are merely amaretto flavored as opposed to being the real deal. Fortunately the Northwest has Monarch, it’s very own genuine locally made amaretto. After that all you need is an ice cube the size of a fist and you’re ready to sip (even if you have a tiny fist it’s okay though).
2 oz (60ml) James Oliver American Whiskey
1/2 oz (15ml) Monarch Amaretto
1 dash orange bitters
Build in a rocks glass with ice, stir and serve.
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