Prove how sophisticated your taste is, make your own Amaretto Liqueur. If you had to chose from over 50 Amaretto recipes, this would be the most intricate, but also the most similar to the real thing.
- Liqueur is ready to serve but will continue to improve with additional aging.
- Variation: For a more prominent 'bitter almond' flavor, add 4 apricot nuts, split in half, to basic mixture. Leave in for 2 days to 2 weeks depending upon depth of flavor desired. Remove and discard apricot nuts. Continue as directed.
- Note: Apricot 'nuts' come from within the apricot pit. You may split pits yourself or obtain them dried at a health food store.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 apricot halves, dried
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup pure grain alcohol
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup brandy
- 3 drops yellow food coloring
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 2 drops blue food coloring
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerin
- Combine sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat and simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
- In an aging container, combine apricot halves, almond extract, grain alcohol with 1/2 cup water, and brandy. Stir in cooled sugar syrup mixture.
- Cap and let age for 2 days.
- Remove apricot halves. (Save apricot halves, as they may be used for cooking).
- Add food coloring and glycerin. Stir, recap and continue aging for 1 to 2 months.
- Re-bottle as desired.