How to Make Your Own Amaretto

Marissa Chafetz / Supercall

For those who aren’t familiar with it, amaretto is an Italian dessert liqueur classically made by infusing neutral spirits with bitter almonds and sugar. Most commonly used in the Amaretto Sour or as an accompaniment to coffee, the nutty liqueur is also great in underappreciated cocktails like the Godfather or the French Connection, and it’s absolutely spectacular floated on top of a Piña Colada. While you can find it at pretty much any liquor store, it is nearly as easy (and much cheaper) to make it yourself. While many ultra-traditional recipes require you soak apricot pits or almonds (or both) in alcohol with other herbs and spices for up to a month, this easy recipe takes only a couple of hours to make. All you need is a few ingredients and a free afternoon, and you’ll have your very own DIY amaretto in no time.


1 cup water
.5 cup white sugar
.5 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp almond extract
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups vodka


1-L Swing-top bottle or 32-oz Mason jar

Step 1

In a saucepan, heat the water with the white and brown sugar, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.

Step 2

Once the syrup is cool, add the almond extract and vanilla extract. Whisk to incorporate.

Step 3

Add the vodka to the saucepan, and whisk again to incorporate.

Step 4

Using a funnel, pour the liqueur into a swing-top bottle or Mason jar. Your homemade amaretto will keep indefinitely.