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Godfather Cocktail Recipe

The Godfather cocktail is a simple two-ingredient drink with big flavor.

It blends Scotch whisky with Amaretto, so it’s robust yet lightly sweet with notes of almond and cherry.

It’s been around since the 1970s and is a favorite in Italian homes and restaurants. Even if you don’t enjoy Scotch, you’ll appreciate it.

Godfather cocktail served in an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
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Why Is It Called a Godfather Cocktail? 

So, how did this drink get its name? Honestly, no one is 100% sure. 

The reigning theory is that this drink is named after the popular 1972 film The Godfather

The drink premiered around the same time as the movie. Plus, one of its ingredients – amaretto – is a popular Italian drink, so the connection is pretty easy to draw. 

Some also insist it was The Godfather star Marlon Brando’s favorite drink. But that’s likely untrue.

Godfather cocktail in an old fashioned glass filled with ice on top of a wooden table.

Ingredients

People (including myself) refer to this cocktail as a “two-ingredient drink.”

It is, but I will still list three ingredients below. After all, the ice is important! 

  • Ice: Make the drink in one glass with ice. Then, pour it into a new glass with fresh ice. It’s a bit extra, but it keeps the drink cold for longer.
  • Scotch Whisky: Since this is pure alcohol, be sure to get top-shelf Scotch for the best taste. I prefer the smooth taste of blended Scotch. But if single malt is more your style, go for it! 
  • Amaretto: Again, select a good-quality brand. I enjoy Disaronno Originale Amaretto, but whatever brand you prefer is fine. Just make sure it’s fresh. 

How to Make a Godfather Cocktail 

This really is a super easy cocktail. So it won’t come as a surprise to see just two steps below.

Here’s how to make the Godfather: 

1. Chill the drink. Fill a glass with ice. Then, pour in the Scotch and amaretto and stir until cold. 

2. Strain the drink into another glass with fresh ice. Enjoy! 

Old fashion glass filled with ice and Godfather cocktail placed on top of a wooden table.

Recipe Variations 

Admittedly, this is one stiff drink. It’s the kind of thing you’ll enjoy if you like a Negroni or an Old Fashioned on a Friday after work.

Of course, there are a few variations you can try to make it more to your tastes. Such as: 

  • A Sweet Godfather. This original recipe uses a 4:1 ratio of Scotch to Amaretto. For a sweeter, nuttier drink, use a 2:1 ratio or even a 1:1 ratio instead. 
  • The Brooklyn Godfather. Use this same recipe, but replace the Scotch with bourbon. You’ll also want to add equal splashes of dry and sweet vermouth. 
  • The Godmother. Use high-quality vodka instead of Scotch whisky. 
  • The Goddaughter. Make the Godmother cocktail. Then, mix it with equal parts cream and Amaretto. 
  • The Godchild. Substitute Cognac instead of Scotch. Another version of the Godchild uses brandy. 

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Godfather Cocktail

Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

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servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Calories

135

kcal

The Godfather cocktail is a simple two-ingredient drink with big flavor. It blends Scotch whisky with Amaretto, so it’s robust yet lightly sweet.

Ingredients

  • ice

  • 2 ounces Scotch whiskey

  • 1/2 ounce Amaretto

Instructions

  • Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the Scotch and amaretto. Stir until chilled.
  • Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use high-quality ingredients. Specifically, choose a high-quality Amaretto to match the Scotch.
  • Use fresh, clean ice. Avoid old ice or ice that’s been around foods that make it smell/taste bad. Additionally, use large cubes or even ice balls as they melt more slowly and won’t dilute the drink as quickly.
Godfather Cocktail Recipe

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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