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February 18, 2011

#49: Amaretto Sour

2 oz Amaretto
Pour into a tall glass filled with ice, fill with sour mix, shake, and garnish with a cherry and orange.

Dave couldn't understand why his coworkers talked about him behind his back. He was always nice, always pleasant, ready to help out on any project. Kind words for all, supportive. Most of the time he barely noticed their smirks and stares, but right after the holidays it got worse. What had he done to deserve their spite, their social wrath? Did no one appreciate his coupons for free handshakes? The shoelace repair kit he gave for Secret Santa? The sign up sheet in the break room for subscriptions to the Thrifty Nickel? Perhaps the gift basket of assorted cough syrups or the pound of organic, locally-grown grass clippings were not seen for their thriftiness and value as gifts by his ungrateful coworkers. Maybe he should up the ante, pulling out that 8-disc collector's box set of classic AOL free trial CDs. That would bring them over to his side, make him some friends...

I don't know who thought to combine these ingredients. A mad mixologist? A cheap bartender using the leftovers from the well, looking to finish off the sour mix before his shift ends? Who knows. I just know that this drink actually made Sour Mix taste really good. There is the perfect amount of sweetness from the Amaretto to counter balance the tartness of the lemon in the Sour Mix.

It was very refreshing, just tart enough to taste like lemonade, and the small amount of alcohol allows you to keep drinking a few. This would be good for hot and humid evenings, watching the fireflies come out.

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