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.
Yields 750 ml
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups vodka
- 1/4 cup almond extract
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
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.