Amaretto Liqueur
Author: Chief Mixologist
Amaretto liqueur is an incredibly flavorful and delicious liqueur with many uses. It is used in hundreds, if not thousands of cocktails, as well as many dessert recipes.
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 2 dried apricot halves
  • 1 Tablespoons almond extract
  • 1/2 Cup pure grain alcohol and
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup brandy
  • 3 dr yellow food coloring
  • 6 dr red food coloring
  • 2 dr blue food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoons glycerin
  1. Combine sugar and 3/4 Cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. In an aging container, combine apricot halves, almond extract, grain alcohol with 1/2 Cup water, and brandy. Stir in cooled sugar syrup mixture. Cap and let age for 2 days. Remove apricot halves. (Save apricot halves, as they may be used for cooking). Add food coloring and glycerin. Stir, recap and continue aging for 1 to 2 months.
  3. Re-bottle as desired. Liqueur is ready to serve but will continue to improve with additional aging.
  4. Variation: For a more prominent 'bitter almond' flavor, add 4 apricot nuts,** split in half, to basic mixture. Leave in for 2 days to 2 weeks depending upon depth of flavor desired. Remove and discard apricot nuts. Continue as directed.
**Note: Apricot 'nuts' come from within the apricot pit. You may split pits yourself or obtain them dried at a health food store.
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