Godfather (cocktail)

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The Godfather
IBA Official Cocktail
Godfather cocktail.jpg
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Old Fashioned Glass.svg
Old Fashioned glass
IBA specified ingredients*
  • 3.5 cl Scotch whisky
  • 3.5 cl Amaretto
Preparation Pour all ingredients directly into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
* The Godfather recipe at International Bartenders Association
The Godmother
IBA Official Cocktail
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Old Fashioned Glass.svg
Old Fashioned glass
IBA specified ingredients*
  • 3.5 cl Vodka
  • 3.5 cl Amaretto
Preparation Pour all ingredients directly into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
* The Godmother recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Godfather is a duo mixed drink made of Scotch whisky and amaretto. Typically, the drink is served on the rocks in an old fashioned glass.

Name[edit]

As with many cocktails, the origin of the Godfather's name is uncertain. The amaretto brand Disaronno claims the drink was the favorite cocktail of American actor Marlon Brando, known for playing the titular character in the popular American film adaptation of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which prominently features the Italian mob.[1] This may be an allusion to the cocktail's prominent use of amaretto, an Italian liqueur.

IBA spells the name as two words, "God Father".[2]

Variations[edit]

Disaronno recommends a 1-to-2 ratio of amaretto to whisky (25 ml amaretto to 50 ml whisky)[1] whereas the IBA recipe specifies a 1-to-1 ratio (35 ml of each).[2]

Bourbon is often used in place of scotch.

The Godmother cocktail uses vodka in place of whisky, while the French Connection uses cognac. Both are popular cocktails in their own right and have been selected as IBA Official Cocktails. The Godchild, meanwhile, replaces scotch with cream, leaving a drink with much less alcohol.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Godfather: A drink that commands respect". Disaronno. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "God Father". International Bartenders Association. Retrieved 14 September 2013.