Thursday, July 8, 2010

Home-Made Liqueurs, #1: Amaretto

A bit of a departure from our usual format this week with the start of a new feature, "Home-Made Liqueurs."

Do you want to take true ownership of the drinks you serve? Are you a fanatic about fresh ingredients? Maybe you are simply a control freak. Or maybe you just really like to cook/mix up flavors and create something new from scratch.

In an effort to assist you, the loyal reader, in any of these, we here at "The Greatest Drink in the World... This Week" decided to include Home-Made Liqueurs recipes to the blog.

Home-Made Amaretto


1 1/2 cups of firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups of water

6 teaspoons of vanilla

8 teaspoons of almond extract

1 quart of 100 proof vodka


Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring frequently.

Lower heat and simmer for five or so minutes.

Pour this into a glass bowl and let it cool to room temperature.

Add vanilla, almond, and vodka to the cooled syrup and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Store in screw-top bottles in a dark place for two weeks.

The smooth almond flavors of Amaretto is a key ingredient in My Mai Tai, as well as other popular cocktails like The Godfather, The Godmother, and The French Connection. It is also enjoyed straight or on the rocks and goes really nicely in one's morning coffee, (should that person not have too much planned for the day!)

And I am NOT dropping any hints to my family about upcoming birthday suggestions, but a nicely bottled Home-Made Amaretto could make a really good gift idea for the cocktail enthusiast on YOUR list!

Cin cin!

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