This drink belongs to the frozen era and would have been made completely different if it contained the same name in any prior era. It seems the “italian” mixology term modern times, meaning amaretto appears at the same time of the Italian Margarita. One of the earliest printings of this drink appears in Bennigan’s Do It Yourself Bar Improvement Book by Myke Gorecki in 1989.
As the frozen era pumped out drinks like Frozen Margarita, Blue Hawaiian, and Strawberry Daiquiri Amaretto di Saronno was headed for it’s peak popularity. This is the same time drinks like “Amaretto Freeze” and “Amaretto Mist” arrived in modern American drinking culture. So, the combination of Amaretto and a Frozen Margarita was nearly inevitable.
This drink appears to have peaked in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s as it is printed in many popular bartending guides at this time; as shown in these publications:
Universal Studios Escape: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Parks by Kelly Monaghan in 2000
Complete Home Bartender’s Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink – Page 252 by Salvatore Calabrese in 2002
It is undetermined where or who created this drink, it very well might have been created at two seperate places at the same time as we see with the “Electric Iced Tea” and the “Adios Mother F*****”
This drink dates between 1981 – 1988 and contained at least as of then:
Blend these ingredients with ice in a blender:
Amaretto (Di Saronno)
Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with Lime Wheel or Slice.
Pour ingredients into a sugar-rimmed (Sugar rim introduced to this drink as early as 1995) margarita coupe.