The Godfather is another of the American Bartenders Association Official Cocktails, listed as a Contemporary Classic. It is rumoured to have been a favourite of Marlon Brando, who played the Don in the Godfather movies, and was so-named in his honour.
It could also, however, be a tip of the hat to another wonderful Italian liqueur. Amaretto means “a little bitter” in Italian, and is traditionally made from bitter almond pits. These are the ones that contain cyanide, but the poison is extracted in processing. Apricot pits can also be used, but in either case, the liqueur loses its bitterness with the addition of sweet almonds. Disaronno, one of the most famous brands of Amaretto, claim the drink was first offered to Bernardino Luini, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci’s, in 1525. It was given to him as a gift by the local innkeeper he used as his muse when painting the fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles in Saronno.
The Godfather can also be made with Bourbon instead of Scotch whiskey. A Godmother substitutes Vodka for the Whiskey, and a Godchild uses cream instead, considerably reducing the alcohol content of the drink. If you want to stay with the movie theme, mix equal parts of Cognac and Amaretto to make a French Connection.
The recipe for a Godfather calls for a 1:1 ratio, but you can use two parts of Whiskey to one part of Amaretto if you find it too sweet.
Here’s the recipe for a Godfather drink:
- 30ml Scotch Whiskey
- 30ml Amaretto
- Twist of orange to garnish
- Place two ice-cubes in an old-fashioned glass.
- Add the Whiskey and Amaretto.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with a twist of orange.
- Old-Fashioned glass