The Nineteen Seventies was an period in bar tradition historical past ripe with sickly-sweet drinks that includes suggestive names. The Godfather rises above all of that as a complicated after-dinner cocktail. With simply 2 components—scotch and amaretto—the robust but pleasingly candy cocktail is worthy of your subsequent nightcap.
Why Is It Called a Godfather?
While the creator of this drink is misplaced to cocktail historical past, bartenders and drink historians are inclined to agree that the Godfather was named after the favored film and novel (primarily based on its preliminary look on menus within the early Nineteen Seventies).
At one level, there was a narrative floating round that the Godfather was actor Marlon Brando’s favourite drink, however that rumor was quietly put to relaxation.
There isn’t a tough rule about what kind of scotch works greatest in a Godfather, however I like to recommend a blended scotch. I desire blended scotch when mixing it right into a cocktail and reserve single malt for sipping by itself.
That stated, don’t go for a bottom-shelf bottle. The Famous Grouse and Monkey Shoulder are each good choices. They’re each blends, reasonably priced, and bottles I’d additionally nonetheless be comfortable to sip solo.
As for the amaretto—a candy, nutty flavored liqueur comprised of the pits of stone fruits—Disaronno is without doubt one of the most well-known manufacturers, is broadly out there, and works properly right here paired with the smoky scotch.
The previous couple of a long time have additionally seen smaller batch, artisanal manufacturers pop up they usually’re value trying out in case your native retailer carries them. Look for Gozio or Luxardo amaretto.
The Perfect Balance
Balance is essential to having fun with this cocktail. Scotch can range between pleasantly smoky to very aggressive; watch that the quantity of amaretto you add is appropriate to face as much as the scotch whereas nonetheless mixing harmoniously.
The amaretto ought to sweeten up the drink, however going too far will end in a sickeningly sugary cocktail. On the alternative facet, not including sufficient will consequence within the scotch overpowering the drink, rendering the addition of the amaretto pointless.
The proportions I give on this recipe ought to add simply sufficient sweetness to enhance the scotch, however you’ll be able to style and regulate to fit your style buds.
Variations on the Godfather Cocktail
The Godfather cocktail can also be a part of a household of different “god-” cocktails, and adjusting the bottom liquor will end in variations. Here are a number of:
- Godmother Cocktail: Replace the scotch with vodka for a variation that focuses extra on the amaretto part
- Godchild (first model): Swap the scotch with brandy for this easy, and lighter-bodied cocktail
- Godchild (second model): Vodka replaces the scotch (much like the Godmother) with the addition of cream for a extra dessert-themed cocktail
- Brooklyn Godfather: Bourbon replaces the scotch and provides extra taste with each candy and dry vermouth
- French Connection: Cognac turns into the bottom spirit right here for a fruitier, spicier model that highlights a few of the vanilla notes within the amaretto