LIFESTYLE: Disaronno Sour is the Drink of the Summer

Earlier this month, our very own Nicole Edwards wrote about Brassaii and its new menu. On Thursday, Style Empire returned to Brassaii for the promotion of a classic summer cocktail – the Amaretto Sour.

But not just any amaretto – Disaronno amaretto. The legend of Disaronno goes back to 1525, when an innkeeper was chosen as the muse for a fresco of the Madonna in Saronno, Italy. She thanked the artist Bernardino Luini, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, with a flask of a velvety almond-flavoured amber liqueur. According to legend, the “secret recipe” has remained unchanged since that time. Today, Disaronno claims to be the world’s favourite Italian liqueur.




On Thursday, when a few hundred patrons crowded onto the unique patio at Brassaii, serenaded by a modern take on classics like Valerie and the Jackson 5’s ABC, the liqueur certainly seemed to live up to its reputation. Branded the Disaronno Sour, the recipe is simple in its perfection: Disaronno, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and lime slices.


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Classy without being pretentious, the cocktail is light and fruity, perfect for the summer heat. And versatile too; at first, I thought there were two versions being made, one that was more generous in its sourness than the other. When I asked the bartender, he said it must just be the different way the two bartenders were making them. But either way – a lovely sour experience or a more fruity-tasting version – the drinks were a hit. “I’m more sour, and she’s sweet,” the male bartender explained to me. “We get that a lot,” his female counterpart chipped in with a laugh.

Order a Disaronno sour on a patio under the sun and make it the drink of the


– Kaitlin Bardswich

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