It’s Friday, April 3rd in the year of COVID-19 two-thousand-and-twenty and it also happens to be Marlon Brando’s birthday today.
I almost wrote “the actor Marlon Brando,” but, really, what other Marlon Brando is there in the history of the world!? And if you’re only nominally familiar with the man, it’s probably from his portrayal of Vito Corleone, the “Don” and paterfamilias of the Corleone family in the 1972 film and cultural milestone “The Godfather.”
Of course, by now, it’s probably evident by the headline, the fact that it’s Marlon Brando’s birthday and that lead-in about the Francis Ford Coppola flick that the point of this post is to write about The Godfather cocktail.
About This Drink
A simple, understated scotch cocktail that adds slight sweetness and almond flavor to your favorite scotch.
And to think, I’ve already been drinking scotch this week!
In terms of the scotch going into your Godfather cocktail, grab whatever your go to scotch is — or call in a curbside pickup for a nice workhorse scotch whisky like Monkey Shoulder.
Search Google for Godfather recipes and you’ll come up with everything from scotch-heavy recipes with just a drizzle of amaretto to overly sweet recipes calling for equal parts spirit and liqueur.
I like to split the difference with this drink, skewing closer to the 2:1 proportions of a drink like the Manhattan, but without the bitters — though the addition of bitters, like Fee Brothers old fashioned bitters, would suit this drink just fine for me.
So for my Godfather cocktail I’ll be sipping tonight:
- 2 oz scotch
- .75 oz amaretto
- Orange peel garnish
- Add all the ingredients into a rocks glass with ice cubes. Stir and garnish with a swath of orange peel.
•The Spruce Eats calls for 1.5oz whisky to .5oz amaretto: Link
•Esquire calls for 2oz whisky to .5oz amaretto: Link
•Many sites source the drink as having appeared in the 70s and cite that there’s no confirmed origin or creator: Link
•The Godmother cocktail: Link
•The French Connection cocktail: Link