Amaretto is a much loved almond-flavored Italian liqueur, perfect to have on hand in your home bar. But did you know it’s also a great drink to make yourself? This homemade amaretto recipe requires just a few simple steps and a couple of days to rest, leaving you with a delicious liqueur to use in cocktails, pour over ice cream or give as a tasty gift to friends.

Key Ingredients for Amaretto

Sugar: The mix of brown sugar and cane sugar provide the sweetness to balance out the vodka for a smooth finish.Vodka: This is the base of the drink, so you want to use a high quality vodka for a delicious final product.Almond extract: Almond is a key flavor in amaretto. A little goes a long way.

Amaretto Recipe


1 cup cane sugar1/2 cup packed brown sugar1 cup water2 cups vodka1 tablespoon almond extract2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Step 1: Make sugar syrup

In a small saucepan, bring cane sugar, brown sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cool liquid completely.

Step 2: Mix ingredients and store

Once cooled, transfer sugar syrup to a 1-quart glass jar. Add remaining ingredientsvodka, almond extract and vanilla extractand shake well. Cover with a lid and let stand in a dark place for 1-3 days to allow flavors to blend.

When it’s ready, pour into glass bottles and label them with the date. Seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.

Recipe Variations for Amaretto

Vanilla: For a slightly different vanilla flavor, use the vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.Spice: Flavor your amaretto with some whole cloves or star anise for a more herbaceous final product.

How to Store Amaretto

Store your amaretto in a cool, dark place for the best quality and longest storage. It doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge, so it makes a great centerpiece on your bar cart.

Tips for Making Amaretto

How long does homemade amaretto last?

This homemade amaretto recipe lasts for up to 2 months when stored properly. Make sure to store it somewhere cool and dark, and you’ll have it on hand for plenty of time!

What cocktails can you make with amaretto?

Amaretto makes delicious cocktails. Try it in a variety of sours, like this apple amaretto sour. Or go the sweet route with a tipsy coffee.

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