DiSaronno Amaretto copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Disaronno Amaretto

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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 DiSaronno Amaretto recipe that's been on this site since the beginning.

You can make other liqueurs at home using my copycat drink recipes. These recipes include Bailey'sKahlua, and Grand Marnier.

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
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      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.

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Score: 4.88. Votes: 25
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Jane Howard
Jan 26, 2011, 22:00

This is wonderful! You did a fantastic job on cloning this one.

May 16, 2009, 22:00

I love this recipe cause its easy and uses common ingredients from the pantry. We have used it for all winter tailgate parties and once with no time to create we took the ingredients with us to tailgate. It was a hit with a football tailgate party and some hot coffee. Excellent recipe.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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