One of the most popular drinks at the pub since the ’70s, the godfather consists of scotch and amaretto. The cocktail is easy to set up with only those two ingredients and is mixed directly in the glass, making it an easy drink to make whenever you want a smooth drink. The godfather is a terrific cocktail to serve at happy hour or as a nightcap and pairs wonderfully with desserts such as tiramisu, cheesecake, or baklava. The combination of the two spirits is a natural one: neither scotch nor amaretto taste bad if served on the rocks, so blending them together is a natural choice. The taste of the godfather is pleasant: In good scotch, the oakiness and smoky notes of amaretto are enhanced by the sweetness of amaretto. It is important to use almond liqueur sparingly in this recipe so that it does not hide the whisky behind overpowering or complicated flavors. A blend of whisky is often preferred, however a single malt works just as well. Since the underlying flavor of this style of whisky differs, the godfather makes an excellent venue for sampling regional differences and taking a chance on something you may have never experienced before.
Unlike most versions of the godfather, this one has a ratio of Scotch whisky to amaretto of 3-to-1. There is some sweetness to this drink but not as much as if it was mixed 1:1 with amaretto as suggested by a popular amaretto maker. If you want a drink with less sweetness, you can mix 2 ounces of scotch with 1/2 ounce of amaretto. Although the godmother is similar to the godfather, it uses vodka instead of scotch. His godchild switches from bourbon to cognac. You can do this for a goddaughter by adding equal percentages of amaretto and cream to a mix.
Choose an amaretto by the same level of quality that you would select for your scotch. As important as the spirits and the ice, the third ingredient of this cocktail is the syrup. Be mindful of the fact that dirty water should not be used, and ice that has been sitting in the freezer too long or nearby foods with strong aromas such as fish should not be used. Godfathers are perfect for using ice cubes or large balls of ice. As a result, there will be less condensation than with standard ice cubes and your drink will not become overly diluted.
Why Is It Called a Godfather Cocktail?
A drink of obscure origin, the Godfather Cocktail was created around the same time as the Oscar-winning film, “The Godfather.” This period coincided with the popularity of scotch cocktails and amaretto, which turned into a popular alcohol during the 1970s. It makes sense that someone would make the connection between the movie and the drink. As it is slow-sipping, it can easily be imagined as a beverage Don Corleone might sip on his desk while picking out wedding favors for his daughter.