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.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
**Note: Apricot 'nuts' come from within the apricot pit. You may split pits yourself or obtain them dried at a health food store.
Recipe by Epicurus.com Beverages at https://www.epicurus.com/beverages/amaretto-liqueur/1038/