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Recipes for National Amaretto Day 2014

Amaretto Disaronno
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April 19 is National Amaretto Day – quite possibly my wife’s favorite of all liqueurs.

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored, Italian liqueur. made from a base of apricot and almond pits.

One legend tells of amaretto being created by a widow who posed for Renaissance painter Bernardino Luini in 1525. The widow fell in love with the painter and made her amaretto potion for him. Her original recipe was, as rumor has it, been handed down from generation to generation without change and is currently marketed as Disaronno® Originale Liqueur.

Amaretto is a necessary liqueur for every bar, and there are a lot of great brands available, but it's also very easy to try your hand at a homemade batch. Within an hour you can have your very own bottle of amaretto.

Homemade Amaretto

Yields 750 ml

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 1/4 cup almond extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation:

Bring the sugars and water to a boil in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves.

Remove from the heat and allow mix to cool.

Add vodka and almond and vanilla extracts, stirring until well mixed.

Pour through a funnel into a bottle and seal.

Godfather
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Godfather

Godfather Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur

Pour ingredients (scotch and amaretto) into an old-fashioned glass over ice and serve.

Cuban Breeze
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Cuban Breeze

Cuban breeze

1 oz vodka
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
6 oz pineapple juice

Pour vodka and amaretto into a hurricane glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Amaretto colada
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Amaretto colada

Amaretto colada

1 1/4 oz white rum
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 1/3 oz coconut cream
3 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp whipping cream

Blend with a glassful of crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice or cherry, and serve in a pina colada glass.

Amaretto cranberry kiss
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Amaretto cranberry kiss

Amaretto cranberry kiss

Ingredients:

1 oz Amaretto
1 ½ oz vodka
1 oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz orange juice

Shake and strain. Garnish with two to three cranberries in a martini glass

Amaretto sour
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Amaretto sour

Amaretto sour

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Amaretto
3 oz Sour mix
Mixing instructions:

Shake and strain. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice in a rocks glass.