Manly Libation of the Week: The Godfather

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Sipping a well-made cocktail is the perfect way to unwind and relax, whether you’ve had a long day at the office or just want to kick back with some friends. Follow our Manly Libations series, as we highlight manly cocktails, their histories, and a few bonus recipes — we guarantee these classic drinks will put some hair on your chest.

The History of The Godfather

This simple cocktail, often a combination of whiskey and amaretto, does the infamous movie it’s named after justice. Disaronno explains that the beverage originated in the U.S. in the 70s and was the cocktail of choice for Marlon Brando, who played Don Vito Corleone in the original Godfather film, released in 1972. In addition, The Great Mate notes that since the Italian mob played such a major role in the film, it’s possible that the drink got its name from the Italian liqueur, amaretto, that’s added to it.

The Famous Grouse compares it to an “even more enjoyable Scotch on the rocks,” adding that the drink’s preparation is just as simple as its ingredient list. Just combine the whiskey and amaretto over ice cubes, making sure to serve it in an old-fashioned glass, and then sip and enjoy. The end result is a cocktail that is smooth, subtly sour, and not overly sweet.

If you find you really enjoy this drink, there are several variations we recommend adding to your cocktail repertoire. You can experiment with the amount of amaretto you use, adding either one or two parts, and bourbon can be used in place of Scotch. The Great Mate says you can also switch things up with The Godmother, a cocktail that uses vodka in place of whiskey. While you’re at it, you might as well give The Godchild a shot, a version of the drink that uses cream instead of scotch.

The Godfather

Whiskey on the rocks

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Chow highlights a traditional version of The Godfather. Consisting of Scotch and Amaretto, this no-frills drink is a must for any modern man. The recipe calls for one part amaretto, but feel free to bump it up to two parts instead.


  • 2 ounces scotch
  • 1 ounce amaretto (or two ounces, depending on your preference)

Directions: Pour both ingredients over ice in a chilled old-fashioned glass, and stir.

The Godfather with a Twist

You can also put a fun spin on the classic drink using Daily Candid News’ recipe for The Godfather with a twist, also referred to as the The Michael Corleone. Notes of fruits and a rich nuttiness add the perfect amount of sweetness and warmth to this cocktail.


  • 1 ounce Disaronno
  • 1 ounce Dewar’s 12 Year Old Whiskey
  • 2 dashes cherry bitters
  • 2 dashes walnut bitters
  • Garnish: lemon or cherry

Directions: Add all ingredients into mixing glass. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into rocks with ice. Garnish with lemon and cherry.

dry martini with olives

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The Godfather Martini

Give your martini a manly edge with Dirty Drinks’ recipe. We guarantee this drink will take the edge off after a stressful day at the office — happy sipping!


  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce almond liqueur
  • ½ ounce extra-dry vermouth
  • ½ ounce vermouth

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in all ingredients. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange twist.

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