You know what says, “Happy Holidays?” Homemade amaretto. And with this recipe, you’re only five simple steps away from being the favorite gift giver come Christmastime. (This post is intended for those 21+ years of age. Please enjoy responsibly.)
Why Should You Make Your Own Amaretto?
If you’ve ever been out on the town with me when I’m not drinking whiskey or wine, you know I love me some amaretto. Typically, a double on the rocks. My brand of choice is DiSaronno. I like the taste, and how well I can feverishly spin the bottle top around before serving. (Don’t judge.)
What I don’t like, however, is the price. At about $25 bucks per each “regular” sized bottle, it’s not something I keep regularly stocked in my liquor cabinet.
But that’s not an issue anymore because after much trial and error I found I can make a pretty dang near copycat version at home for a fraction of the price. Yes, I’m talking about homemade amaretto, baby.
Why Amaretto is Easier to Make Than You May Think
After consulting with the experts (aka Google), I surmised that the traditional amaretto recipe is simply a combination of:
- And vodka
That’s it. Really! And best of all, you probably have everything you need to make this in your pantry.
Unlike my beloved Limoncello that you have to patiently wait weeks to enjoy, this homemade amaretto yields immediate gratification. As Chandler Bing might say, can this get any better?
Make the Best Amaretto in the Comfort of Home
We tested a few combinations of sugars and extract measurements, and this concoction was by far the most delicious.
In total, it makes about 4 1/2 cups of Amaretto. Before you ask, I’m not sure how long this will last. What I do know is that everyday it stays in that bottle it just gets smoother and smoother. (Anyone else hearing Rob Thomas right now?)
All I can say is that it doesn’t stick around for long in my house. Especially when paired with something as decadent as my amaretti tiramisu. (In a word: heaven.)
How to Bottle Your Own Homemade Amaretto
To bottle these beauties, I picked up some glass bottles with clamp stoppers along with those adorable chalkboard labels. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write on my bottles when I photographed this recipe. Probably could have gone with, “Hands Off” or “Property of Paula!”
Use the recipe below to make your own homemade amaretto!
Homemade Amaretto Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons pure almond extract
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups Vodka
- In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat water and sugars over medium heat. Stir until well-combined.
- Remove from heat, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Add almond and vanilla extracts and vodka. Mix to combine.
- Carefully pour into glass bottle(s) with stopper.
- Store in a dark, dry cupboard.
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More Boozy Recipes To Try
If you like this homemade amaretto, give these other boozy recipes a shot:
- Homemade Kahlua
- Homemade Irish Cream
- Chocolate Amaretto Panna Cotta
- Whiskey Panna Cotta
- Amaretti Tiramisu
- Orange Tiramisu
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