Facts and information about this famous liqueur drink
Facts and Information about the Amaretto Liqueur
Amaretto is a type of alcoholic liqueur originating in Italy and flavored with almonds and the kernels and pulp from apricots and other fruits such as peaches and cherries. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved. The correct spelling for this famous liqueur drink is Amaretto but there are several misspellings including ameretto, amareto and amereto.
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Information about Amaretto
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients! These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts, roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the main ingredients of Amaretto together with other info about this famous liqueur.
- Main ingredients of Amaretto - base alcohol and almonds and the kernels and pulp from apricots and other fruits such as peaches and cherries
- Country of origin - Italy
- Color - Amber
Additional background information about Amaretto
Additional background information about Amaretto:
- Definition of Amaretto: The word Amaretto is derived from the Latin word 'amaro' meaning "a little bitter"
- The correct spelling for this famous liqueur drink is Amaretto but there are several misspellings including ameretto, amareto and amereto.
- Amaretto brands: Two of the most popular brands of this liqueur are Lazzaroni Amaretto (Amaretto Lazzaroni ) and Amaretto Di Saronno ( Disaronno Amaretto )
Amaretto Di Saronno ( Disaronno Amaretto )
Amaretto Di Saronno ( Disaronno Amaretto ) : Disaronno is made in Saranno, Italy from a secret recipe which dates back to 1525. The recipe for the famous Italian liqueur Disaronno includes and alcohol base, burnt sugar and the essence of herbs and fruit soaked in apricot kernal oil. Disaronno is part of Bacardi & Company Limited.
Lazzaroni Amaretto (Amaretto Lazzaroni )
Lazzaroni Amaretto (Amaretto Lazzaroni ) : Lazzaroni Amaretto is the product of Paolo and Davide Lazzaroni who produced a recipe for this almond-flavored liqueur in 1851 by infusing the famous Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno cookie in alcohol. Lazzaroni Amaretto is manufactured by Paolo Lazzaroni & Figli S.p.A.
How to serve the Amaretto Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Amaretto, an extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:
- Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
- On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
- Served with coffee
- Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Amaretto cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original Amaretto cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:
- 1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
- 30ml equals 1 oz
- 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
- 1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)