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posted: 12/23/20

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Homemade Amaretto Liqueur is easy to make! Use it in all of your favorite cocktails or package it up as a perfect homemade gift.

two glasses of amaretto sour with homemade amaretto liqueur

I came across this recipe for Amaretto the other day. It was saved by a family member and I knew that I had to share it with you. It is incredibly simple to make, and would be so perfect to package up and give as a gift.

How to Make Amaretto Liqueur

This recipe is so quick. You can double or triple it easily for gifting. Make sure you check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full instructions.

  1. Make the syrup base: To make your Amaretto dark in color and sweet, make a simple syrup with brown sugar.
  2. Let the syrup base cool: You are bringing this to a boil, but you want to make sure you allow it to cool before you mix together the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add in the vodka: To the syrup you will add vodka, almond extract, and vanilla extract. This will make it alcoholic and also bring in the perfect flavorings.
  4. Let it age: This old school recipe suggests that you let it age for a week. I will tell you from personal experience that it happens to be delicious immediately.
mason jar full of homemade amaretto

What is Amaretto?

True amaretto originates from Italy and was made from actual almonds. This simplified version definitely works as a replacement in your favorite recipes that call for amaretto liqueur.

Picking Vodka

Since half of the recipe is vodka, I highly recommend that you pick a brand that is delicious. If you are looking for a cost affective way to make this, there is a rumor that Kirkland Vodka is actually a high end vodka that is packaged for the wholesale company under their label.

Sweetness

This Amaretto Recipe is quite sweet. I think it works perfectly in cocktails and is even enjoyable over ice. But if you are looking for a less sweet version, simply use a little less of the syrup when you are making this. You can always add in more a little at a time.

amaretto liqueur being poured into a small shot glass

FAQ

How long will this recipe keep?

This recipe will keep for two months when stored properly. Make sure to fully sanitize any container that it is placed in, as this is the biggest factor in extended it’s shelf life.

Should it be stored in the refrigerator?

No, it can be stored in a pantry.

Do I really need to let it sit for a week?

While this recipe does taste better after sitting for a week, it is delicious the day it is made.

homemade amaretto in a glass flask

Amaretto Recipes

This is great over ice as mentioned above, but if you are looking for other ways to use it, I have a few amaretto drink suggestions.

two glasses of amaretto sour with homemade amaretto liqueur
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Homemade Amaretto

Serves: 2 cups
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Homemade Amaretto Liqueur is easy to make! Use it in all of your favorite cocktails or package it up as a perfect homemade gift.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, cooking until the sugar dissolves completely. Allow to cool.
  • Mix the syrup mixture with the reaminder of ingredients. Store in glass container in a dark place to age for 1 week.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
two glasses of amaretto sour with homemade amaretto liqueur

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  1. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Perfect timing. Thank You
    You and your family – Have a Very Merry Christmas

    • Lisa Longley says

      You too Colleen!

  2. Jeannette Lichon says

    My absolute favorite after dinner drink – how thoughtful of you.

    Now that you’ve made a delicious amaretto liqueur, do you have a recipe for amaretto cheesecake? I’ve only had it once in the Dominican Republic and it was sooo yummy. Unfortunately the restaurant wouldn’t part with their recipe – bummer!! Hopefully you do. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. And thanks so much again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Something to put on my list for next year, Jeannette!

  3. Fred F says

    Question: For the “brown sugar” in your Amaretto recipe – is that light brown, dark brown, or an/some other brown. Which is BEST. Am assuming you did your homework before publishing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Both work really well. If you want to stick to the original, go with dark.

  4. Jane G. Goodson says

    I love all your ideas, Thanks for sharing.

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