Homemade Italian Amaretto Liqueur

Monday, May 18, 2020
If you love Italian Amaretto Liqueur, this is how to make it right in your own home with just a few ingredients and it is super easy.

This drink is so versatile in so many recipes and ten times better in taste made from scratch.

Cooking is another great way to use Amaretto and it's perfect around the holidays for gift giving along with being so inexpensive to make!

I also have bonus recipes for you during the colder months to use your homemade liqueur in a hot toddy to warm you up and perfect during the cold and flu season.

Then for a super special flavored cocktail, try my Amaretto Sour recipe, which you will find at the end of this post.

Amaretto is a sweet liqueur made with vodka and this homemade version is perfect along with it only pennies on the bottle in comparison to store-bought.

This sweet cordial style drink has an almond flavor and is great over ice or added to cakes, other hot drinks, and of course over cubed ice.

The recipe takes virtually no time to make and all you need is a nice bottle to store it in, so don't throw away those empty bottles, you can always use on for making and storing this in.

I use Amaretto in my Amaretto Sweet Potatoes, Fudge, Cheesecake Amaretto Hot Cocoa, and so much more so don't think it's just for drinking!

Please read my tips before proceeding to ensure the best results.

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this is homemade Amaretto in a glass over ice with a decorative antique bottle its stored in

this is how to make homemade Amaretto Liqueur an Italian sweet cordial

A Versatile Homemade Liqueur

Even if you're not into drinking alcohol, you can use this homemade Amaretto in so many other ways.

I will give you some great suggestions below on the many ideas on using this delicious almond-flavored cordial in so many ways.

This delicious drink has been around for centuries.

While Amaretto is meant as an after-dinner drink, you can enjoy the sweet liqueur at any time.

this is homemade Amaretto in a glass over ice with a decorative antique bottle its stored in

Suggestions and Uses for Homemade Amaretto

Adding to Recipes (most recipes unless no-bake, the alcohol with burn off

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  • Make sure all the sugars are dissolved
  • After boiling, cool completed after sugars were dissolved
  • DO NOT add the vodka and flavoring until this is cooled off
  • Constantly stir while boiling the sugars
  • Use a funnel to add to your decorative bottles
  • Store in a dark place away from heat
  • This will keep easily for 6 months in a sealed bottle

this is amaretto in a hot toddy for cold and flu seasons to warm you up

Recipes We Love 

Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Amaretto Pistachio Fudge
Amaretto Panettone
Amaretto Sweet Potato

this is amaretto being poured out of the decorative bottle over ice in a glass on a red and white checkboard tablecloth

Ingredients You Will Need:

  1. White sugar
  2. Brown sugar
  3. Water
  4. Vodka 80 proof is what I use
  5. Pure Almond and Vanilla Extracts

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Enjoy  This in Recipes, Glass, or Cup!

Whatever you decide to use Amaretto for whether it's hot, cold in desserts of any entrees, this will be an easy way to try out this delicious liquor.

Give a try and let me know how you like it in the comments, cheers, and here is another delicious drink to try below called Amaretto Sours!!

this is a recipe for Amaretto Sours using homemade Amaretto

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Yield: 3 cups

Homemade Italian Amaretto Liqueur

Italian Amaretto Liqueur and Hot Toddy Recipes

This is a how-to make Amaretto Liqueur from scratch and then making a delicious hot toddy to warm you up during colds and flu season. Whether you make it a hot drink or cold on cubed ice this is simple and easy to make.
Prep time: 11 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 16 M


  • How To Make Italian Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar ( I have also used light, my opinion is dark is better)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Add after cooling:
  • 2 cups Good Grade Vodka ( I like potato Vodka the best) 80 proof
  • 1 teaspoon  pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons pure almond extract


  1. For Making the Liqueur
  2. In a small saucepan, boil the water with both sugars until it dissolves stirring constantly.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. Stir in the vodka and extracts.
  5. Place in a decorative container using a funnel and seal.
  6. Hot Toddy with Amaretto Recipe:
  7. 1- 1/2 ounces Amaretto using this homemade recipe or store-bought or use another sweet Brandy or Frangelico Liqueur
  8. 1 oz white rum
  9. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  10. 3 oz boiling water
  11. Pour everything into a mug and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  12. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.
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More Recipes To Try:

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes

Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

Amaretto Baked Fish

this is amaretto being poured out of the decorative bottle over ice in a glass on a red and white checkboard tablecloth

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. What a great answer to a cold weather. And might I say beautifully presented as well. I'm dropping by to say hello from Roz's blog, where I saw your name among her friends.

  2. I love both Amaretto and Frangelico! Need one of these babies tonight. Thanks for your kindness, dear Claudia. xoxo

  3. I could use some of this right now!! I'd love it if you linked it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog Claudia. I'll be following you as well, plus also on Facebook. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  5. Oh my goodness! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the tips!

  6. I have everything on hand to make this Amaretto Liqueur and love how easy the recipe is! Thanks so much!

  7. I love amaretto and this homemade version is so much better than store-bought!

  8. What a great idea! I didn’t realize how simple it is to make amaretto at home!

  9. I love being able to make things at home like this. It's so much better than store-bought!

  10. I love almonds and this is a great treat - thank you for sharing this recipe!

  11. This looks amazing, and so simple. I can't wait to try it.


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