The Godfather is an official International Bartender’s Association cocktail. Its a simple two part drink composed of scotch whisky and almond flavored liqueur that the IBA lists in the sweet after-dinner category along with the Brandy Alexander, the Golden Cadillac and the Porto Flip among others.
Some sources credit Donato “Duke” Antone with creating the Godfather cocktail along with a host of other of drinks*. While the origin of the cocktail’s name (and other details) are unclear, Disaronno’s website claims the drink was “created during the 70’s in the USA and the Godfather was the favored cocktail of Marlon Brando.”
You take Scotland’s whisky combined with Italy’s national liqueur and maybe end up with an Italian gangster on your father’s side with ties to Mario Puzo’s Godfather novel (1969) and the first movie in the trilogy (1972) all directed by Francis Ford Coppola. By the way, the French Connection† is a book (1969), a movie (1971) and a drink mixed with Amaretto and France’s cognac. You make the connection [sic].
The Godfather Cocktail Drink Recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz scotch whisky
- 3/4 oz Amaretto almond liqueur
Combine on the rocks in an old fashioned glass. Or, just use one large round ice ball as shown above to minimize diluting the drink from melting water. A Godmother† drink recipe replaces the scotch with vodka.
The Godfather cocktail was not the signature drink associated with the movie, wine was. However, what better way to spend Father’s Day than having a couple Godfather drinks and watching all or part of the movie trilogy with dad at your own home bar.
* - along with the Godfather cocktail, other drink creations sometimes credited to the world champion mixologist include the White Russian†, the Rusty Nail†, the Harvey Wallbanger and its tequila cousin Freddie Fudpucker, the Italian Fascination and the Kamikaze.
† - these drinks are also designated as one of the eleven sweet after-dinner cocktails by the IBA as of this writing.