Homemade Amaretto

I recently whipped up some homemade Amaretto. It was so easy to make, it only took a few minutes. I wanted to have it on hand, to use in a few recipes, but didn’t want to go to the store to buy an entire bottle just for a small amount needed.Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Really… why pay some serious bucks for an entire bottle, when all you need might be 1/4 cup for a recipe? So I decided to make my own! If you are familiar with Amaretto, you know that it is a sweet, almond-flavored Italian liqueur. A lot of people use it in cocktails, but it can also be used in numerous recipes.  I adapted a recipe I’ve had for years, and ended up making a small bottle of amaretto (approx. 13-14 ounces) that will be more than enough for several recipes, plus a few more.

Homemade Amaretto is totally easy to make.  You do need to have a bottle of cheap vodka in order to make this amaretto (you need 1 cup). I happened to have a bottle stuck away because I make my own vanilla extract, and use that as the base (but that’s a completely different recipe, right?)

If you are interested in making this recipe, you will discover  you can make your own Amaretto for a fraction of the cost of buying it at a store. Hope you will consider giving this recipe a try.

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Water, granulated sugar and brown sugar is cooked on medium heat until sugars are dissolved.

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mixture is brought to a boil, then removed from heat. Mixture is then cooled. After mixture has cooled, vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract is added.

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Clean jar is waiting for cooled amaretto. Use a funnel to pour cooled liqueur into bottle.

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Into the bottle goes the homemade amaretto. It sure smells good!

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Put a label on the bottle, add a cork or screwtop to seal it, and store in a cool, dark place.

Homemade Amaretto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe inspired by: Top Secret Recipe’s version of DiSaronno Amaretto

Homemade Amaretto
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Here's a homemade version to make your own Amaretto, an Italian sweet, almond-flavored liqueur.
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Recipe type: Liqueur
Serves: approx. 14 ounces
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract
  • 1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a medium pan, add the water, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugars.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil; if all the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat. Set aside and let the hot syrup cool for 10-15 minutes.
  3. To the cooled mixture, add the vodka, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well, to combine.
  4. Pour amaretto into a clean bottle using a funnel. Place cork or a top on the bottle to seal it. Store in pantry or cool, dark place.
  5. Enjoy!



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