Godfather Cocktail Recipe: A Classic Whisky and Amaretto Mix
Calories: 185kcal
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
The Godfather is a classic cocktail that combines the smokiness of Scotch whisky with the sweet, almond-like flavor of Amaretto. This drink is incredibly simple to make, requiring just two ingredients. It's perfect for whisky lovers looking for a smooth and slightly sweetened sipper. Below, you'll find instructions for both the traditional equal parts recipe and a drier version that emphasizes the whisky.


  • 45 mL Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 45 mL Amaretto (For a traditional, sweeter Godfather)
  • Ice (preferably one large cube)
  • Orange peel for garnish


  • 15 ml Amaretto (For a less sweet, dryer variant)


Prepare Your Glass:

  • Choose an old-fashioned glass for this cocktail. The wide brim and solid base are ideal for the stirring process and enhance the drinking experience.

Add Ingredients:

  • If you prefer the traditional Godfather, measure 45 mL of both Scotch whisky and Amaretto into the glass. For a less sweet version, use 45 mL of Scotch whisky and 15 mL of Amaretto instead.

Add Ice:

  • Place a large ice cube in the glass. A large cube melts slower, diluting the drink less over time, which preserves the strength and flavor.

Stir the Drink:

  • Stir the mixture briefly but thoroughly to chill the drink. This also helps to slightly dilute the cocktail, which can enhance the flavors of the Scotch and Amaretto.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish with a twist of orange. To do this, cut a small piece of orange peel and twist it over the drink to release the oils, then drop it into the glass.


The Godfather is an excellent cocktail for evening sipping or as a digestif after a meal. Its simplicity is part of its charm, allowing the flavors of the Scotch and Amaretto to shine through without the need for complicated mixology. This cocktail’s versatility with its sweetness level makes it suitable for various palates, offering a customizable drinking experience that is both elegant and satisfying. Whether you enjoy it sweeter or drier, the Godfather remains a timeless choice for whisky enthusiasts.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 185kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 19g (6%)Protein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1g (1%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 18mg (1%)Sugar: 19g (21%)Calcium: 1mgIron: 0.04mg
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Cocktail, Drink