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So, anyone who is a friend of mine on Facebook, knows that I have branched out from making my own drinks to making my own liqueurs. I doubt I’ll dry distilling soon, if ever. (At least not while I’m living somewhere rented.)

About a month ago, I made my first attempt at homemade Limoncello, and a few weeks ago, while waiting for my Limoncello to mature, I decided to make my Amaretto and Kahlua. The recipes for the other two liqueurs will follow in the next few weeks.

Homemade Amaretto:

I have to admit, I just used the recipe from Allrecipes.com


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in a sealed bottle.
  3. To store the Amaretto, I used an empty vermouth bottle. It’s always good to keep empty liquor bottles for projects like these.


I usually only drink inexpensive Amaretto, and I was not sure that I liked the liqueur. However, to make this recipe cost me about $14, which is the slightly more than the least expensive bottle of Amaretto in a liquor store in North Caroline for about $10. Because of the cost, I figured it was worth trying.

This recipe changed my mind.

I now understand why Disaronno has the following it does. The difference between a cheap bottle of Amaretto and this recipe is negligible for price but worth the little time it takes to make it. In my next blog post, I’m going to talk about making an Amaretto Sour, which normally I hate.

It’s always good to have your mind changed.


If you have none of the ingredients:

Vodka: $20.00

Water: Free

5 lb bag of White sugar: $5.00

1 lb of brown sugar: $3.00

Almond Extract: $5.00

Vanilla Extract: $5.00

Total Cost: $43

I bought a 1.75 mL bottle of Svedka for about $20.00, and this recipe used 2 cups or about a 1/4th of the bottle. Also, you still have a mostly bottle of vodka left! I almost always have every other ingredient on hand except for almond extract. You’ll use most of a 2 oz almond extract of bottle. About 1/3 of a 2 oz vanilla extract bottle. You’ll use one-tenth of a 5 lb bag of white sugar. You’ll use half of a 1 lb bag of white sugar.

2 cups vodka: $5.00

Water: Free

5 lb bag of White sugar: $.50

1 lb of brown sugar: $1.50

Almond Extract: $5.00

Vanilla Extract: $2.00

Total Cost: $14.00

So, it’s a bit more than buying an inexpensive bottle of Amaretto, but totally worth the money. If you don’t believe, try it for yourself.

As always, happy and safe drinking.