Amaretto is a popular almond-flavored liqueur that is most often made with apricot kernels, though the flavor can come from almonds. It initially comes from Italy, and is produced throughout the world today, including the Netherlands and the U.S. Amaretto is still a favorite liqueur throughout Italy and is a staple in all bars throughout the world.
Amaretto is essential to making some of the most popular cocktails and shooters, like my Amaretto Eggnog Cocktail!
Some people describe the flavor as being bitter from the almonds, but not too much so. And it’s sweet, but, again, not really that sweet at all. But one thing I do know for sure, is that the almond liqueur is a lovely post-dinner tipple all by itself.
When you make your own Amaretto Liqueur, the real magic starts when you combine the bitter-sweet almond liqueur with citrus, cream or other spirits. Amaretto brings out the flavors in other ingredients and mellows the entire concoction with its smooth bitter aftertaste. Today’s recipe is the basic one to use as a starting point.
If you’ve never enjoyed amaretto before, try it in the Amaretto Eggnog Cocktail recipe further down this post. I’m betting it will become one of your new favorite holiday libations!
AMARETTO SOUR COCKTAIL RECIPE
So, now you’ve got a homemade amaretto liqueur recipe that’s easy and versatile. I’ve already given you three cocktail recipes to use your amaretto stash. Now here’s one more that’s perfect for the winter holiday season, whether you profess to hate eggnog or not!
I’ve combined both amaretto and vodka into a fabulous eggnog cocktail that is crowned with a caramel-gingersnap crusted rim!
If you’re looking for way to make eggnog a “crowd pleaser” at your holiday party, this recipe fits the bill.
You can prep the Amaretto Eggnog Cocktail glass rims before your guests arrive. Set them out on an attractive tray with a small bowl and spoon of extra gingersnap crumbs for garnish.
Are you feeling ambitious? Try making little star cut-out gingersnaps hangers for the rims of your Amaretto Eggnog Cocktails. Isn’t that adorable?
Here’s a list of some great eggnog garnish ideas for your eggnog or amaretto eggnog cocktail:
Now who can say they still don’t like eggnog? Not me, that’s for sure! I hope you’ll give some or all of these fabulous recipes a try this holiday season. So easy to make and even easier to enjoy!
Once you’ve mastered the technique of making homemade amaretto liqueur, you’ll want to add it to your Holiday Bar Cart, won’t you? But what else will you need on your bar cart for all your holiday entertaining this season?
If you’re serious about wanting to have your Holiday Bar Cart ready for the holidays, then you’ll need my Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide PDF!
It’s a comprehensive checklist of all the various categories of items that make up a fabulous holiday entertaining station.
Feel free to customize your holiday bar cart by picking and choosing what’s perfect for your entertaining style and holiday guests.
And once you’ve made and tucked some fabulous homemade garnishes, like Pickled Asparagus, in the refrigerator, your holiday season entertaining just got that much simpler!
Or how about adding some big batch mixers to your cocktail menu this year? I can personally attest that my Big Batch Bloody Mary Mix Recipe and Cocktail Garnishes For Entertaining A Crowd will be a huge hit with your family and friends.
And wait until you see my Bloody Mary garnish ideas and inspirations! Yes friends, that’s a thick slice of crispy bacon peeking out from that brunch cocktail!
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Your homemade amaretto will last about 6 months if kept at room temperature in a dark location.