How the Fugees Predicted the Return of the Amaretto Sour

This coming February will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fugees’ seminal album The Score, a hip-hop masterpiece that has continued to inspire rap and R&B artists for the past two decades.

In addition to pushing hip-hop forward musically, the album played with culinary references and humor in innovative ways, making food and drink vehicles for political commentary and colorful storytelling.

While there are plenty of memorable shout-outs to sushi, Burger King, licorice, and more, it’s the Amaretto Sour that really steals the show.

A cocktail more associated with Borscht Belt foxtrotting than contemporary tippling, the Amaretto Sour traditionally combines amaretto (a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur) with lemon juice (or sour mix), ice, and a twist of lemon. In its classic form, the drink is sweet enough to cause the onset of a diabetic coma. The Fugees, though, took this fusty (dare I say lame?) concoction and flipped it on its head. Before our very eyes, the Amaretto Sour became downright sexy.