For several months artist Bernardino Luini worked closely with a model to help him paint a fresco of the Madonna in Saronno, Italy. As the months passed, the girl, whose name has since been forgotten, fell in love with Bernardino. To show her feelings for him, the girl gave Bernardino a gift of sweet almond-flavored liqueur she made from the trees growing in her garden. The year was 1525, and that bottle is said to have been the first DiSaronno Amaretto. The recipe was passed down through the ages, until late in the eighteenth century when the liqueur went into commercial production.
Reenact the legend by giving someone a bottle of your own version of the famous liqueur, whether they paint you on a wall or not, with this much improved version of the recipe that's been on this site since the beginning.
Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.
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- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup very hot water
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups 80-proof vodka
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Do This
1. Combine the hot water with the sugars in a medium glass pitcher or bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add corn syrup and stir well.
2. Add the vodka and flavorings and stir. Store in a sealed container.
Makes 3 cups.