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!
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!
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.
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
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?
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.
Other Cocktails you will enjoy:
Sicilian Kiss – Cocktail or Shot
- 1⅓ oz. Southern Comfort
- ⅖ 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.