Sicilian Kiss – Cocktail or Shot

One of my all time favorite cocktails is the Sicilian Kiss. This very sophisticated and incredibly smooth drink is a simple mixture of Southern Comfort and Amaretto, topped off with an orange twist. The sweet almond and light hint of fruit in this alcoholic concoction is the perfect, shot, after dinner drink or night cap!

Another booze-forward cocktail inspired by the flavors or Sicily is the Sicilian Manhattan more commonly referred to as a Black Manhattan. This tasty drink is a modern twist on the traditional Manhattan, but better!

A Sicilian Kiss cocktail in a snifter filled with ice surrounded by a ;bottle of southern Comfort and Amaretto with almonds and orange peel twists scattered about.

There are a number of different Sicilian Kiss recipes, but this is the most common and the one that I have been enjoying for the last 40 years! Yes ! I am that old!

What is Southern Comfort?

Southern Comfort is a whiskey liqueur that is naturally flavored with fruits and spices. It has it’s origins in New Orleans and it was first made in 1874. Although it is a whiskey based liqueur, because of the added flavors it is in a category all it’s own.

What is Amaretto?

Amaretto, which literally means “a little bitter” in Italian is an almond flavored liqueur. This sweet liqueur comes from Saronno Italy and can be made from almonds, apricot kernels or peach stones which all contain benzaldehyde. The benzaldehyde is what creates the almond flavor.

Sicilian Kiss Ingredients

A bottle of Southern Comfort and a bottle of Amaretto.

Southern Comfort – There are a number of different flavored versions on the market. I would recommend using the original for this cocktail.

Amaretto – I like to use Disaronno as this is my favorite amaretto, but you can use any brand that you like. Amaretto brings a sweet nutty flavor to many mixed drinks, such as the Italian Margarita and the Amaretto Sour.

Orange twist: Shave a piece of orange peel and make sure most of the pith is removed. Leave just enough to allow the peel to hold its shape.

Ice: Large cubes or pieces are best so that they do not dilute your drink too quickly.

How do you make a Sicilian Kiss?

A shot glass filled with an amber liqueur surrounded by orange peel twists and almonds.

Sicilian Kiss Shot:

Combine equal parts of the two liqueurs in a shot glass and enjoy!

Sicilian Kiss Cocktail

Combine 2 parts of Southern Comfort with one part of Amaretto, pour into a rocks glass or snifter over ice. Twist the orange peel over the glass to release some of the oils into the cocktail and drop it in.

A snifter with an amber liqueur ice and an orange twist surrounded by almonds and orange peel twists.

Other Cocktails you will enjoy:

Tequila and Grapefruit Cocktail – “The Professor”

John’s Long Island Iced Tea

Hugo Spritz Cocktail

Apple Cider Margarita

Sicilian Kiss – Cocktail or Shot

This very sophisticated and incredibly smooth drink is a simple mixture of Southern Comfort and Amaretto topped off with an orange twist.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 servings
Calories 118 kcal



  • 1⅓ oz. Southern Comfort
  • oz. Amaretto
  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange Twist


  • ½ oz. Southern Comfort
  • ½ oz. Amaretto



  • Add a couple ice cubes to a rocks glass or a snifter.
  • Pour the Southern comfort and the amaretto over the ice cubes. Twist the orange peel over the glass to release the oils and drop it into the drink. Serve immediately.


  • Pour both liqueurs into a shot glass Can also be served with an orange twist.


Serving: 1servingsCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 4gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Amaretto, Southern Comfort, coctails, night cap, drinks, alcolalic drinks, Sicilian Kiss, Sicilian Kiss Shot, Siciilain Kiss Cocktail
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