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Amaretto Cardamom Cocktail with ice in a sherry glass garnished with flowers and some almonds/cardamom

Amaretto Cardamom Cocktail

Heather Wibbels
Delight in this cocktail reminiscent of the Swedish sweet bun called a semla. With cardamom-infused wheat buns stuffed with sweet almond paste and whipped cream with a tiny bit of rose, it's a fragrant and unusual combination to turn into a cocktail. Here we'll infuse amaretto with cardamom pods, add in cardamom bitters, a healthy dose of Irish whisky and just a dash of rose water.
5 from 8 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine whiskey cocktail
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz Irish whisky
  • 1 oz cardamom-infused Amaretto
  • 10 drops Scrappy’s cardamom bitters
  • 1-2 drops rose water
  • Garnish: cardamom pods, edible florals, almonds


  • Combine whiskey, amaretto, cardamom bitters, rose water and ice in a mixing glass. Stir 30 seconds, or until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with one large cube and garnish as desired.


Cardamom-infused Amaretto
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 6 oz Amaretto
Combine bruised cardamom pods and amaretto in a heat-safe vessel and microwave them for 45-60 seconds. Let steep while it cools to room temp. Strain before using.
Keyword almond, cardamom, irish whiskey, rose, semla
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