The Godmother Cocktail: Quite Simply Vodka and Amaretto

The Popular Godmother Cocktail with Vodka and Amaretto
Great drinks do not get much simpler than the Godmother. All you need is your favorite vodka and a little amaretto. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
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The Godmother (sometimes called the Tawny Russian) is the softer variation of the Godfather. It is a simple and great tasting drink with amaretto that simply replaces the Godfather's Scotch with vodka.

While almost any vodka will make a great Godmother, this is one of those simple drinks where a great vodka can really shine. Choose your favorite top-shelf brand or try out one of the fantastic craft vodkas available.

It doesn't have to be your best vodka, but should be one you wouldn't mind in a Vodka Martini.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Build the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.

How Strong is the Godmother?

Most vodka is bottled at 80-proof and while amarettos vary from brand to brand, we'll use the middle ground and go with a 50 proof amaretto for this example. With those two assumptions, the average Godmother has an alcohol content right around 29% ABV (58 proof)

This is not the weakest cocktail you can make and it is comparable to the popular White Russian.

If you're looking for a not-so-creamy alternative to that favorite, the Godmother is a perfect choice.