Day 16 : Homemade Amaretto Liqueur

As promised, here is that homemade Amaretto recipe.  What can I say….. not only is it fun to make your own liqueur, but it’s generally CHEAP!  I don’t know how much a bottle of Amaretto goes for, but I am willing to bet it is upwards of $20 at least.  You can get a bottle of vodka for maybe $8 and most people already have almond extract on hand as well as sugar.  Put it in a fancy bottle, and you’ve got yourself a great gift for friends!

It’s not only cheap, it’s super easy to make your own liqueurs.  I have now made my own Amaretto, Kahlua, and Framboise….. I am thinking of possibly making Limoncello next.  Anyway, having had both store-bought and homemade Amaretto, I can honestly say this comes very close.  One thing I did discover is that it only gets better the longer you let it sit, so keep that in mind if you decide to make it for something.  The recipe as stated results in a clear liquid, so if you’re like me and want it to look like the real thing you can add a bit of food coloring.  To get a amber color I use about 2 drops of red, 4 drops of yellow and 1 drop of blue.

Amaretto, of course, is used in the drink I shared a few days back (Heston), but a couple other ways I have used it include over ice cream, in a cake, and even in a shrimp dish where it lent a nice delicate almond flavor that turned something simple into something romantic.  I love almond flavor and I am sure there are MANY ways to use Amaretto.  I’d love to hear of some of your favorite ways, for those that drink it!

Homemade Amaretto Liqueur

Fills about a 750ml bottle                         Time to make : 5 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 3 C. vodka
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 3/4 tsp. almond extract
  • red, yellow, and blue food coloring (optional)

Directions :

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil for 2 minutes.  Set aside to cool slightly.  This makes a simple syrup.
  2. In a pitcher combine the simple syrup, vodka, almond and food coloring (if desired) and mix well.
  3. Using a funnel transfer to your desired bottle for storage and enjoy!  Remember that the longer it sits (and it’s best to at least give it a day or two initially) the better it gets!

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