The T and T Sour – A Bourbon and Amaro Cocktail

An Amaro cocktail that hits the spot!



Back in 2009, one of the strangest cocktails to ever cross the bar rail made bartenders and cocktail nerd alike raise their eyebrows. it was a cocktail made primarily from Angostura Bitters and it hit the cocktail competition circuit. Normally cocktails use just a dash or two of bitters, but the Trinidad Sour uses 1 and a half ounces of Angostura Bitters. This is an almost unheard amount of the venerable spicy mixture.



Amaro Cocktail

The Trinidad Sour is one of those cocktails that will dominate your evening as its intense flavors of spice and herbs will stick with you. It keeps coming back to assault your senses even after having other cocktails!  While dedicated cocktail folks will be intrigued by this experience, some might desire an experience that is a bit more balanced.



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T & T Sour cocktail in a cocktail coupe with Amaro bottle, oranges and reamer in background

Coupe (ours is vintage) / Citrus Reamer




What do you use an Amaro for?

Last year the makers of Angostura Bitters of Trinidad and Tobago came out with an amaro, Amaro di Angostura. It is a liqueur of rum infused with the same spices and herbs used to flavor their famous bitters. Amaros are traditionally considered a desert digestif (a liqueur used after a meal to aid in digestion). They can often be a delicious combination of bitter and sweet.



Amaro di Angostura fits right in with those traditional liqueurs, its combination of bitter spices and warm sweetness and a hint of heat. It provides an intriguing balance of sweet and spice that is delightful to sip on after a great meal.



We received a bottle of Amaro di Angostura as a gift, and we have been enjoying it by itself.  But, we haven’t really used it in a cocktail. When we ran across the recipe for the Trinidad Sour, we thought using Amaro di Angostura in a cocktail that would pay homage to the Trinidad Sour while being less assertive.



T & T Sour cocktail in a cocktail coupe with oranges and reamer in background



What Classic Cocktail did we use?

We started out by going back to the classic whiskey sour recipe and using that recipe as our foundation for the T&T Sour. Calling for a good whiskey as its base spirit, we decided to go with a nice high proof bourbon. We also used equal parts bourbon and Amaro di Angostura as the spirits in our cocktail. Any sour needs something to make it live up to its namesake, so we added in some fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice.



While lemon juice could suffice, we liked the addition of orange as it brought a brighter citrus flavor to the drink. It picked up some of the warming spices of the Amaro in this amaro cocktail.






A splash of dark maple syrup added a rich sweetness that balances out the sour. This also helped bring out the sweetness of the rum and the vanilla notes of the bourbon. The egg white gives the drink a beautiful foam and silky texture. Which also brings a lightness to the drink that not only looks beautiful but makes the drink feel luxurious!



The T&T Sour is balanced, refreshingly sour yet complexly spicy and slightly bitter and herbal and very drinkable!







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Yield: 1

T & T Sour - A Bourbon and Amaro Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A great amaro and bourbon sour cocktail with spice flavors.


  • .75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz amaro di Angostura
  • .50 oz orange juice
  • 1 egg white
  • .50 oz maple syrup


Add all ingredients into a shaker.

Dry shake (shake without ice) to emulsify the egg white.

Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously to create foam.

Strain into a cocktail coupe.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238 Total Fat: 0.4g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 42mg Carbohydrates: 22.9g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 21.5g Protein: 3.9g


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16 thoughts on “The T and T Sour – A Bourbon and Amaro Cocktail

  1. That looks so good and reminds me that I should – no need to – have a cocktail night with the hubby very soon again. This cocktails sounds very intriguing but I’m not sure my husband would favor it, since he is a sweetie but I’m sure I’d came to like it quite a lot. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. OMGosh! This cocktail looks so darn good. I’m planning a cocktail party here at our beachfront condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this Friday. I love introducing exciting new drinks to our fun-loving Mexican and Canadian expat friends. We’re doing Pisco Sour (a nod to my hubby’s home country of Chile) and it will be so fun to try out your recipe too! Later this week I’m heading to a huge liquor store and I cross my fingers that they’ll have the ingredients to make these. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious drink inspiration. 🙂

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