Today I made some homemade Amaretto for Christmas gifts. We make this every winter and use it for cooking, baking, and also as an aperitif. An aperitif is an alcoholic drink that is usually served to stimulate the appetite before a meal.It is often served with something small to eat such as olives or cheese. The word is derived from the Latin verb aperire which means “to open" and Amaretto is a sweet almond-flavored liqueur of Italian origin. It is made from a base of apricot or almond pits, or sometimes both. The recipe is very simple and unlike other aperitif concoctions is ready to drink right away. My Father used to bring a big bottle back from his annual trip to Italy and it would last us all year because you only drink a tiny bit (small shot glass) at a time. Here is the recipe that we got off the internet somewhere years ago:
1 cup white sugar
2 cups of inexpensive vodka
1 cup water
2 tablespoons almond extract
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine water, white sugar and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling and all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let mixture cool down for 10 - 20 minutes. Pour in vodka, almond and vanilla extracts. Mix well and store in a sealed glass bottle.
I got this recipe from the web years ago and I do not remember where...... sorry!!!