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Friday Cocktail – Homemade Amaretto

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned last week I LOVE Disaronno Amaretto. Downside… it can be expensive, but I’ve always thought it was worth it. Well, about a month ago, Paula from Bellalimento.com. Paula has some AMAZING recipes, one which I was compelled to make is her Homemade Amaretto. I would love to meet her and we could just sit around talking Italian food while sipping amaretto. What am I thinking… EATING Italian food and sipping on amaretto!

Anyway… I had all but one of the ingredients for her amaretto so when I was at the store yesterday I bought the missing ingredient. :D

When I made Paula’s recipe it was too sweet for me. That sounds really weird coming from me… I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. So I had to tweak her recipe a bit. So let me share with you how I ended up making.

Have an airtight bottle or jar ready to store your amaretto. In my case, I’m using an empty Disaronno bottle and a quart jar. I blacked out the “Disaronno”. ;)
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Cast of Characters:
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1 1/2 Cups Water
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Vodka
1 oz Pure Almond Extract
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Put the water and sugar and dark brown sugar into a heavy bottom saucepan…
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…and bring it to a boil…
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While the sugars are dissolving, measure out the vodka and extracts…

…2 1/2 Cups Vodka…
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…2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract… As you can see I am using my Homemade Vanilla Extract. If you haven’t made it yet, put that on your list to do after you make this homemade Amaretto (it takes weeks to steep).
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…Now for the difficult part… measure out 1 oz Pure Almond Extract… OK there really isn’t any measuring that’s necessary… the bottle is a 1 oz bottle. ;)
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When the sugars have dissolved, let it cool for 15-20 minutes. I let mine go 20 minutes.

After the mixture is cool, add the vodka, vanilla and almond extract and then stir…
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After you’re done stirring and the mixture has completely cooled off, pour it into your bottle of choice. It makes 4 Cups, so be ready. I used the old Disaronno bottle and a quart jar. Here you can see my version on the left with the “real” stuff on the right. ;)
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When pouring into your bottle, be careful to not spill any of your new creation. I wouldn’t know anything about that, would I?
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Here’s a crappy picture of the Disaronno and mine compared. Color is pretty close. Interesting since THEIRS has “carmel coloring” added. :(
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I highly recommend you make this. It’s so super easy and less expensive and can be enjoyed as soon as you’ve made it. :D
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Have you ever made your own liqueur before?
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2 comments to Friday Cocktail – Homemade Amaretto

  • I started making liqueurs a couple of years ago and now I can’t stop! Limoncello, amaretto, kahlua, raspberry and cranberry come to mind. Be careful…if you’re like me, you’ll need to add on a separate room!

    • Stef

      Hi Barbara, thanks for stopping by. You’re right, I think I’m going to need a new place to store homemade liqueurs. I’ve wanted to make Limoncello for a long time; raspberry sounds yummy, too.

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