How to drink amaretto

How to drink amaretto

Amaretto is a thick sweet liqueur with bitter almond notes, for which it received its name, which in Italian means “slightly bitter”. A beautiful legend is associated with him, according to which a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci Bernardino Luini, while working on a fresco, fell in love with his model, who gave him a drink, as sweet as their romance, and bitter as their separation during parting. If you believe the historical data, the author of the recipe is one of the representatives of the Disaronno family, who invented it in 1525. Today, you can find various brands of amaretto liqueur, the strength of which ranges from 21 to 30 degrees. The basis of the liqueur is grape spirit infused with almonds or apricot kernels. The composition includes sugar, water, vanilla and herbal extracts, but the exact formulation of the drink is usually not disclosed, so amaretto from different manufacturers may have not quite the same bouquet. Becoming the owner of a bottle of legendary liquor, you probably want to learn how to drink amaretto in order to fully enjoy its taste.

Terms of Use

Amaretto is a rather sweet liquor, it obeys the rules of using this kind of drinks.

  • Amaretto is preferably served as a digestif after the main meal. Can be used as an aperitif or a standalone drink that is drunk without being tied to food. However, it is not accepted to serve it for lunch or dinner.
  • It is recommended to drink amaretto liqueur from drop-shaped glasses with a capacity from 30 to 60 ml. It is permissible to use ordinary liqueur glasses of a similar volume.
  • The optimal temperature for using amaretto is room temperature; it is at this temperature that the almond aroma of the liqueur and its bitter aftertaste are best felt.
  • In Italy, the birthplace of amaretto, they prefer to drink it in its pure form. It is not considered bad taste to dilute liquor with a small amount of pure water or ice. However, ice distorts the taste of the drink, not giving to fully feel its rich bouquet and multi-faceted taste. A better idea would be to dilute the liquor with juice, most often for this purpose take cherry or orange. Americans diluted amaretto with Coca-Cola in the ratio 1: 2.
  • Delicious coffee is made with amaretto: add 1-2 teaspoons of liquor to a cup of hot drink. Similarly, they make tea with it.

Cocktails with amaretto are very popular all over the world.

How to snack Amaretto

As a snack for amaretto, it is customary to offer various desserts. It goes well with ice cream and soufflé. You can offer him biscuits, cookies, chocolate.

From savory snacks to amaretto cheese is served.

Cocktail “Hot Gold”


  • amaretto liqueur - 50 ml;
  • orange juice - 150 ml;
  • lemon - 1/4 pcs .;
  • orange - 1 slice;
  • prunes - 1 pc .;
  • dried apricots - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • Pour the liqueur and orange juice into a small saucepan.
  • Squeeze the juice from a quarter of a lemon into a saucepan with drinks.
  • Place the pot on a low fire or water bath. Heat to a temperature of 60-70 degrees. Do not let the drink boil.
  • Pour the cocktail into an irish glass, garnish with an orange slice.

Cocktail is served hot. Dried fruits are served on a separate plate.

Cocktail “Rose” with Cherries


  • pink vermouth - 50 ml;
  • Amaretto liqueur - 10 ml;
  • cherry juice - 150 ml;
  • cocktail cherry - 1 pc .;
  • ice cubes - 0, 2 kg.

Method of preparation:

  • Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
  • In a shaker, shake vermouth with liqueur, pour into a glass.
  • Add cherry juice.
  • Stir the components of the cocktail with a special spoon or straw.
  • Decorate with cherries.

This cocktail belongs to the category of long drinks, served it with a straw. The drink is very refreshing, easy to drink, has a pleasant color.

Cocktail “The Godfather”


  • whiskey - 45 ml;
  • amaretto liqueur - 20 ml;
  • ice cubes - 100 g.

Method of preparation:

  • Whiskey and liqueur mix well. Convenient to do this with a shaker.
  • A glass of whiskey or an ordinary wide glass filled with ice.
  • Pour the prepared mixture of liquor and whiskey.

Similarly, the Godmother cocktail is prepared, only whiskey is replaced with vodka.

Ricky Cocktail


  • amaretto liqueur - 50 ml;
  • ginger ale - 120 ml;
  • “Angostura” bitter - 1-2 drops;
  • orange - 1 slice;
  • cocktail cherry - 1 pc .;
  • ice cubes - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in liquor.
  • Add ginger ale (or ginger beer).
  • Add a drop of bitter.
  • Stir with a straw.
  • Decorate with orange slice and cherry.

Ginger ale can be replaced with ginger lemonade. This replacement will affect the taste of the finished cocktail, but not significantly.

Cocktail “Burning Henry”


  • amaretto liqueur - 15 ml;
  • liquor “Beyliz” - 15 ml;
  • whiskey - 15 ml.

Method of preparation:

  • Pour amaretto into a small tall glass with a thick bottom (shot).
  • Next layer a cream liqueur with a bar spoon.
  • Just gently, without allowing the drinks to mix, pour in the whiskey.

Drink a cocktail prepared according to this recipe, in one gulp.

Cocktail “Fizzy Flirt”


  • dry champagne - 100 ml;
  • Amaretto liqueur - 30 ml;
  • orange juice - 20 ml.

Method of preparation:

  • Mix orange juice with liqueur with a shaker.
  • Pour the mixture into a champagne glass.
  • Slowly pour in champagne, mix gently.

The beverage is enjoyed by the fair sex. When serving glass can be decorated with a spiral of orange peel.

Cocktail “Hot Island”


  • amaretto liqueur - 50 ml;
  • cognac - 20 ml;
  • black coffee - 0, 2 l;
  • cream - 30 ml.

Method of preparation:

  • Make black coffee, as strong as you like. Strain. You can add some sugar.
  • Add liqueur and cognac to coffee, mix.
  • Pour in the cream, stir again.
  • Pour the cocktail into an irish glass.

Served warm cocktail. You can decorate it with chocolate chips.

Cocktail “Don Giovanni”


  • chocolate liquor - 30 ml;
  • Amaretto liqueur - 10 ml;
  • whipped cream - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • In a shaker, mix both kinds of liquor, pour it into a cocktail glass.
  • Decorate with whipped cream.

Almond notes will give the chocolate liqueur a unique taste, and whipped cream will make the cocktail soft and soft.

Amaretto liqueur with almond notes and a bitter aftertaste is often used to make cocktails. True connoisseurs of this drink drink it in pure form.

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