Let’s Celebrate National Amaretto Day!

Amaretto is a bittersweet almond-flavored Italian liqueur made from the base of apricot pits, almonds, or both! Amaretto derives from the Italian word amaro, meaning “bitter”. This bitter flavor in Amaretto comes from the mandorla amara which is the bitter almond.  The sweet almond was born as a natural mutation due to the lack of amygdalin in bitter almonds. Do not eat bitter almonds! Fun fact: Each bitter almond could contain around 6 mg of HCN (Hydrogen Cyanide) which is far more than what is found in the smoke of one cigarette (.01-.4 mg).

Amaretto can be used to cook with, can be added to ice cream, whipped cream, can be served neat or on ice, or can be added to other beverages. There are so many ways to use Amaretto!

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You can purchase a bottle of Amaretto for around $20. Disaronno Originale and Lazzaroni Amaretto are the two most popular brands you can find that are worth sipping on. Dissaronno Originale has the bittersweet almond taste but doesn’t even contain almonds or nuts! It is an infusion of apricot kernel oil, absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and seventeen selected herbs and fruits.  Have a nut allergy? Drink Disaronno!

Enjoy these 3 Amaretto cocktails:

AMARETTO SOUR

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice

Directions: Combine the amaretto, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a shaker and shake without ice. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with brandied cherries.

TOASTED ALMOND

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 2 oz. cream

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass up, or over ice.

FRENCH CONNECTION

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. cognac
  • ¾ oz. amaretto liqueur

Directions: In an old-fashioned glass combine ingredients with ice. Stir, and enjoy!

Cheers to National Amaretto Day!

Danyelle