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.
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!