Amaretto Disaronno (Italian for “a little bitter”) is a sweet Italian liqueur that originated in Saronno, Italy. While originally flavoured from bitter almonds, various modern commercial brands are prepared from a base of apricot stones, peach stones, or almonds, all of which are natural sources of the benzaldehyde that provides the principal almond-like flavour of the liqueur.
When served as a beverage, amaretto can be drunk by itself, used as an ingredient to create several popular mixed drinks, or added to coffee. Amaretto is also commonly used in culinary applications.
The product was called “Amaretto di Saronno” (Amaretto from Saronno) before adopting for marketing and legal reasons the name “Disaronno Originale.” It is produced in Saronno and sold worldwide.
According to the company the amber colored drink is an infusion of apricot pits oil with “absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits”. The liqueur is sold in an oblong glass decanter designed by a craftsman from Murano and does not contain any almonds or other nuts.
Nose: Apricot stones, sour cherry skins, hazelnutte latte and a tine hint of zucchini
Palate: Almost identicle to the nose, with accents of almod paste and lemon pepper.
Finish: Warm, smooth, sweet.
Straight from the Mayor
This is a firm favourite for anyone with a sweet tooth. These sweet, syrupy nut flavoured liquers are a great way to enjoy a simple cocktail – just add a mixer and you’re away. Personally I mix it with either club soda or tonic water to take away some of the sweetness.
There are about a dozen different cocktails that cane be made with Amaretto Disaronno. so it has a lot of uses once its on your liquor shelf. Try an Amaretto Sour, a Pimm’s Cup or an Alabama Slammer