Amaretto is a liqueur with an almond flavor, but surprisingly, it may or may not contain almonds. The standard base of the liqueur is primarily made from apricot pits, and may contain any number of added spices and flavorings. The original version was made in Saronno, Italy. Amaretto is Italian for "a little bitter."


Translations: アマレット, Amaretas, Amareto, 아마레또, אמרטו, Амарето, Амаретто, 阿玛丽托, Амаретто, Амарето

Physical Description

red, semi-transparent liquid that contains alcohol and herbs that creates flavorful aroma.

Colors: red, semi-transparent

Tasting Notes

Flavors: Alcoholic
Food complements: Salads, Vegetables, Meats, Fish
Beverage complements: Coctails

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Buying Amaretto is like buying another liqueur, you do not have to worry about expiration. Just don't buy liqueur with a broken or damage container.
Buying: You can get Amaretto in local and supermarkets and in any liquor store.

Preparation and Use

You can use Amaretto as a cocktail highlights,

Conserving and Storing

Store Amaretto in cool and dry place. Do not store in direct sunlight. Keep it away from direct heat and also away from radiation. Keep out of reach of children.


You may find it hard to believe that importation of amaretto liqueur to the United States did not occur until the 1960's. The almond-flavored cordial quickly became a hit in cocktails and food preparation. By the 1980's, it was second in sales only to Kahlúa.

History: The Lazzaroni family of Saronno, Italy, claims the title as the inventors of amaretto. They invented the Lazzaroni amaretto cookies around 1786 for the King of the region. Then in 1851, they created the Amaretto Liqueur, which consisted of an infusion of their cookies with a little caramel for color.

Another legend from the Reina family (who formerly worked for the Lazzaroni family) tells of amaretto being created by a widow who posed for Renaissance painter Bernardino Luini in 1525. The widow fell in love with the painter and made her amaretto potion for him. Her original recipe has purportedly been handed down from generation to generation without change and is currently marketed as Disaronno® Originale Liqueur.



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