Godfather Cocktail Recipe

Godfather cocktail in a rocks glass with ice

Serious Eats / Liz Clayman

This simple drink became popular in the 1970s, though no one's really sure of its origins. Some stories say it was inspired by the famous gangster film of the same name; others say that the Don himself, Marlon Brando, drank it regularly. I don't know if we'll ever know the truth of the tale.

Some people like equal parts of both ingredients, but I find that to be too sweet. The Godfather has a cousin in the Rusty Nail (made with Scotch and Drambuie), and with both drinks, I prefer to mix them drier than the 50-50 specification.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces Scotch or bourbon

  • 1/2 ounce amaretto


  1. Fill a glass about two thirds full of ice. Add whiskey and amaretto. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Serve.

    straining a Godfather cocktail into a rocks glass with ice

    Serious Eats / Liz Clayman

Special equipment

rocks glass, mixing glass, strainer, mixing spoon, jigger

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