Necessity is the Godfather of Invention

March 13, 2022

It was late when we decided what topic to cover, too late for me to run to the store for ingredients, particularly when I realized there was already a Godfather cocktail. I had the scotch, but not the amaretto. No mind, I had Luxardo Maraschino, which is not a cherry spirit, but instead a nutty one.

It’s not as sweet as amaretto, though, so I wasn’t sure how it would hold up in the Godfather. Measurements vary from 1:1 scotch to amaretto to 1.5:1 and 2.75:0.5. One and one half ounces of scotch to a half ounce of amaretto seemed like the most common ratio, so I went with that. Stir and drop in one large ice cube.

It was tasty, but something was missing. Taking a sip, I decided to try a splash of simple syrup made with turbinado sugar. We had a winner, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for at that point in the evening as I pressed play on “The Godfather.” I was beyond the creme brulee portion of my evening and, having just had a glass of lemonade, wanted something a little less rich and more refreshing.

I sipped and thought and then I had it: it needed the brightness and acidity of some citrus, so I went to the fridge. There, amongst a handful of siblings past their prime, was one viable Meyer lemon. I started with a small squeeze and tasted. It needed another small squeeze. Then, a bit more. By the time I was done, I’d added the entire lemon, though it should be noted that “viable” did not mean a lemon in its prime. Fresher would require less, but given that a key aspect of cocktails is being inventive, this is not a hard and fast rule. Instead, start small and add until you have a drink you’re ready to sip while you go on a cinematic journey. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but when making a cocktail for such a classic film, it becomes the godfather of invention.

Necessity Is the Godfather of Invention:
1.5 oz Scotch
1/5 oz Luxardo Maraschino
Splash of turbinado simple syrup
Fresh lemon to taste
One large ice cube
Sit back, hit play, and enjoy.

Image By Stuart Webster from Southampton, England – Godfather, CC BY 2.0,

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