|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 20g|
|Vitamin C 88mg||438%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The bocce ball is a tall, refreshing juice highball with a recipe that's popular enough to memorize. It is a simple mixed drink, although there are a few ways to make it.
Some variations, like this one, include a shot of vodka and opt for less amaretto, creating a drink that is more similar to the screwdriver. A splash of soda water also adds a touch of air to the drink, making it a bit more refreshing.
"This is simply a fantastic cocktail. Amaretto and orange play well with each other as vodka brings weight to the party, and the soda water adds texture to the already good time. It is rare that a cocktail hits all the right categories of texture, mouthfeel, and taste; this one does." —Sean Johnson
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the vodka, amaretto, and orange juice into a tall Collins glass filled with ice.
Add a splash of soda water.
Garnish with an orange slice, and serve.
You might also consider switching to a flavored vodka to add more dimension. Citrus vodkas or any light fruit flavors are great options, and cake or whipped cream vodkas can add a sweet, creamy background.
This recipe is the straight amaretto and juice version of the bocce ball, and it's equally delicious. It is a nice option for those days when you want a lower-proof drink and it is perfect for a casual brunch when made with fresh orange juice.
Again, the soda is a nice finishing touch that lightens up the drink, though you can easily skip it.
To make this drink, pour 2 ounces of amaretto into an ice-filled collins glass. Add fresh orange juice and a splash of club soda.
The Bocce Ball Bomb Shot
The bocce ball's ingredients can also be used to create a bomb shot, which is when a shot of liquor is dropped into a tall glass filled with a second beverage. Amaretto and orange juice are all that you will need, and you will find that it is considerably less intense than the Irish slammer or Jäger bomb. You don't have to fill the pint glass with orange juice. Instead, pour just 4 to 5 ounces, or fill the glass about 1/3 of the way full. Fill a shot glass with amaretto, then drop the shot into the pint glass and drink.
How Strong Are These Bocce Ball Drinks?
Surprisingly, despite the hard liquor, these bocce ball drinks are not much stronger than the average beer or glass of wine. The vodka does make the first recipe the strongest of the three, though each is nice and mild in comparison to many other cocktails.
To estimate their strength, let's assume that we poured an amaretto that's on the low end of the liqueur's spectrum, just 42 proof. For the vodka, we'll use the 80-proof standard because there are only a few bottles around that go above that. Each drink would be approximately the following strength:
- Bocce ball with vodka: 8 percent ABV (16 proof)
- Bocce ball without vodka: 5 percent ABV (10 proof)
- Bocce ball bomb shot: 6 percent ABV (12 proof)