This drink is closely associated with the Amaretto Mist. Most may not even remember this drink, but it was very popular at it’s peak. Here is an early printing of this drink:
Texas Monthly – Jun 1980 – Page 33 Vol. 8, No. 6 – 228 pages
“A luscious ending is an amaretto freeze. Downstairs bar open 11-2. Lunch Mon thru Fri 11:30-2 (moderate). Dinner Mon thru Sat 6-11 (very expensive). Closed Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends.”
The Freeze in the name is directly associated with the technique that should be used in making this drink. All early literature either supports or suggest this drink is served frozen, furthermore, in a frozen glass. There are also many strong indicators that this drink always contained Amaretto Di Saronno and orange juice.
Amaretto was a very popular liqueur at this time and this is the exact era when drink names identified their composition. It is unclear where this drink originates, although, it appears nationally within 5 years of one of the earliest printings, as seen in these publications:
Beta Sigma Phi cook quick cookbook by Beta Sigma Phi in 1985
Esquire: the magazine for men: Volume 105 in 1986
Chilling Out – Aug 1988 – Page 78 Black Enterprise – Vol. 19, No. 1
This drink dates between 1974 – 1979 and contained at least as of then:
Blend these ingredients in a blender:
Amaretto Di Saronno
Pour contents into a chilled parfait glass.