Make homemade amaretto, a sweet Italian almond flavored liqueur inexpensively at home! It’s easy, and can be used for cocktails or in other recipes.
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.
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.
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Is Homemade Amaretto Easy To Make?
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?)
So How Do You Make Homemade Amaretto?
Making the amaretto is very easy! Water, granulated sugar and brown sugar are cooked in a saucepan, on medium heat, until the sugars are dissolved. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool completely.
After the homemade amaretto has cooled completely, add the vodka, pure almond extract and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
Have a clean jar ready for the homemade amaretto. Use a funnel to pour cooled amaretto liqueur into the bottle.
Into the bottle goes the homemade amaretto. It sure smells good! In fact, even a year or two later, I occasionally open the bottle just to smell this liqueur… it smells heavenly!
Put a label on the bottle, add a cork or screw top to seal it, and store your homemade amaretto in a cool, dark place.
If you are interested in making this recipe, you will discover you can make your own homemade amaretto for a fraction of the cost of buying it at a store. Hope you will consider giving this recipe a try.
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Recipe inspired by: Top Secret Recipe’s version of DiSaronno Amaretto
Make homemade amaretto, a sweet Italian almond flavored liqueur inexpensively at home! It's easy, and can be used for cocktails or in other recipes.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar + 1 Tablespoon
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 Tablespoon almond extract (extract with no added oils)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a medium pan, add the water, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugars.
- 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.
- To the cooled mixture, add the vodka, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well, to combine.
- 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.
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