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Craft your own homemade Amaretto in just 10 minutes! Follow our simple guide to yield three 8 oz bottles, perfect for savoring or gifting over the holiday season. A delightful DIY treat!
Little bottles of this make the perfect holiday gift! It’s also fabulous for making cocktails at home (see below for ideas).
Step by step photos and instructions below!
Did you know you could make your own Amaretto in just 10 minutes?
I love Amaretto during the holidays – this recipe is GREAT for Christmas gifts, or keeping in the cupboard for when cocktail inspiration strikes.
I like it simple, poured over a glass of ice as an after dinner drink. However, if you MUST make cocktails (and I suggest that you must), I have suggestions for those too!
What is Amaretto? It’s an Italian Liqueur – that translates as “a little bitter”
Essentially, it is a simple syrup (white sugar, water), that we add flavoring (almond extract, vanilla extract, vodka, dark brown sugar.
Store bought Amaretto is made with either apricot pits or bitter almonds – or both! I just use almond and vanilla extracts, which make a sweeter flavored beverage.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Quick and Easy. It takes just 10 minutes to make.
- Simple ingredients. Nothing crazy – you might already have them in the cabinet!
- It makes the a great gift!
- Making Amaretto at home allows you to adjust the flavors and sweetness levels according to your preferences. You can tweak ingredients, ratios, or even add additional elements like spices to make this homemade liqueur truly your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
Amaretto typically includes simple syrup (sugar and water), alcohol (like vodka or a neutral spirit), almond extract, and sometimes apricot kernels or peach pit kernels for additional flavor. I don’t use the pits, but you could!
If stored in a cool, dark place and sealed tightly, it can last several months. The alcohol acts as a preservative, but over time, the flavors might change.
No special equipment is needed, though a good sealable bottle or container is necessary for storing the finished product.
I use vodka because it is a neutral flavor, and won’t impart any additional flavors.
How to use Amaretto
- Mrs. Claus Cocktail from Gastronom. The perfect Christmas drink, a boozy and sweet drink with gorgeous egg foam!
- Sparkling Amaretto Sour from Take Two Tapas. Other ingredients include homemade sour mix and lemon sparkling water. Don’t forget the cherry garnish!!!
- Apple Cider Cocktail from Who Needs a Cape. Combines the best flavors in an easy to make adult beverage that’s perfect for fall. You’ll love the combination in this great drink.
Aside from making a variety of cocktails, you could:
- Add to desserts, including ice cream, which enhances the flavor of the dessert with almonds and complements chocolate.
- Tiramisu is often flavored with either real amaretto or alcohol-free amaretto aroma.
- Stir some into a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
- Add to whipping cream for an almond flavor.
- Add to pancake batter!
I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
How to store
Store at room temperature in a cool, dark place and sealed tightly. You can keep it in the refrigerator if you prefer.
If you use vanilla beans
- Glass bottle. Store it all in one sealed narrow necked bottle, or in several smaller glass bottles for gifting.
- Saucepan. You’ll make a simple syrup and flavor it up with almond and vanilla.
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Make the syrup
Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat.
Heat until mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Stir in the vodka, almond, and vanilla extracts.
Whisk to combine thoroughly, then allow to cool to room temperature.
Pour or strain into sterilized bottles and seal.
Homemade Amaretto Recipe
- Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat until mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the vodka, almond, and vanilla extracts, allow to cool to room temperature, then store in sterilized, sealed bottles.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.