If there's one thing that gets plenty of use in our house, it's Amaretto. Not only is it a key ingredient in one of my favourite cocktails, the Godfather, but it's also one of my father-in-law's favourite spirits so learning how to make it at home was something I was very keen on trying. This recipe is the culmination of a few attempts and I feel like I nailed it so hopefully you try it and feel the same!
What I didn't realize was how easy it really is to make homemade Amaretto. Now that I've got it down pat, it's pretty unlikely I'll buy a bottle any time in the near future.
What is Amaretto?
Amaretto, which stands for “a little bitter” is a sweet-tasting Italian liqueur. It tastes like almonds and vanilla which happen to be two key ingredients in making homemade Amaretto.
How to Make Homemade Amaretto
Time needed: 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The preparation time needed for this is quite short, you can complete the amaretto in about 15 minutes or so. The remaining 2 hours in the recipe are for allowing the spirit to cool. Ideally, you'd want to leave it for a day or two but the bare minimum is 2 hours.
- Add water and sugar to pot.
Add the water and sugars to a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to ensure everything dissolves properly. Once it's done, remove from heat and set aside.
- Add vanilla, almond extract and vodka.
Add the vanilla extract, almond extract and vodka to the pot and stir.
- Cool in the fridge.
Transfer to an air tight container or bottle and place in the fridge to cool. This can take as little as 2 hours or as long as you like. Ideally, overnight is best.
- Pour and enjoy.
Now give it a try and rate this recipe 5 stars because it's so delicious! 😉
How long does Homemade Amaretto last?
Homemade Amaretto is a spirit so it can last quite a while as the vodka will keep it from spoiling. Ideally, around a month or so is best. You don't need to worry about keeping it in the fridge past the initial cooling stage, just store it with the rest of your spirits and it will be fine. The key is ensuring that the container you keep it in is air-tight.
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 10 minutes
- 1 bottle
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups vodka
- 2 tablespoons almond extract
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Add 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir occassionally until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Once it's cooled a bit, add vanilla extract, almond extract and vodka.
- Let cool fully then transfer into an air-tight bottle or container and place it in the fridge.
- Leave for 2 hours to overnight and then enjoy.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.