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Amaretto (Italian for "a little bitter") is a type of alcoholic beverage originating from Italy, namely a liqueur flavored with almonds, or the almond-like kernels from apricots, peaches, etc.

Amaretto Di Saronno

The most popular brand is Amaretto Di Saronno ("from Saronno"), an amber-red liqueur made from apricot stones, with a characteristic bittersweet almond taste, containing 28.0% ethanol (56 proof).

This is an excellent Amaretto recipe:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water

Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Stir in

  • 4 cups spirit
  • 4 cups brandy
  • 1 bottle of almond extract

Bottle and let sit in a dark place for 2 to 3 months.