Don’t buy that amaretto! Make it instead.
Are you spending $40 in the store for a bottle of amaretto? You shouldn’t. This is a simple make at home recipe. Save the fancy bottle you drained at Christmas and make a never ending bottle for yourself, or make a few to put in a “What Happens at Poser Homestead Stays at Poser Homestead…” gift basket.
- 2 cups vodka
- 2 vanilla beans
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp really good almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Cook up a syrup using your sugars and water.
- When they’re syrupy, take them off the heat. Completely off.
- Add the vodka and extracts
- If using vanilla beans, add them.
- You can drink this now if using only extracts. Steep for a couple weeks (or more), until the vanilla sets in if you are using beans.
Common-sense safety note: I once shook vodka I was warming for an extract. It was in a mason jar in a half-pan of water. The jar leaked. The vodka flambéd. I burned my hand but could’ve burned down the house. Be careful with large quantities of alcohol around the stove.
COST: $$$ You could steal vodka from the dude on the corner with the paper bag around the bottle. Then this’d be cheap. But, I used to work in restaurants. I cannot buy cheap booze. This one’s a “quality over quantity” recipe.
Things to do with your amaretto:
Now that you have (nearly) free top-shelf liquor, you’ll want to do something with it. Here are some ideas.
- Drink it. Straight–or with an ice cube.
- Use this in coffee.
- Better yet, pour the coffee out of your mug. Fill with this instead.
- Wait till someone annoys you. Down a mason jar of this stuff.
- Make amaretto biscotti (this is one of my favorite holiday recipes).
- Use it everywhere recipes call for almond extract–use a little extra for strength.
- Put this in eggnog
- Make an amaretto sour
- Gift it for holidays with some homemade vanilla and other homestead extracts.