Amaretto frosting and old fashioned chocolate pudding with amaretto are some good recipes featuring Amaretto liqueur. The almond flavor of amaretto highlights the creamy frosting for cakes and cupcakes and gives the chocolate pudding added flavor.
The Foxy Lady and the Julia are two examples of mixed drinks that use amaretto. The liqueur is Italian in origin with an almond flavor, though it doesn't always contain the nut. The chief ingredient of the spirit is typically apricot pits.
Making liqueur involves starting with a base alcohol, adding ingredients for flavoring and filtering the liquid. For example, soak ground star anise in vodka for two weeks, filter out the spice, and dissolve 1 cup of sugar in the alcohol to make a liqueur similar to Sambuca.
A good recipe for amaretto cake is Duncan Hine's amaretto cake that uses a yellow cake mix in addition to instant pudding mix, amaretto liquor, eggs and almond extract. Another good recipe is amaretto-almond pound cake.
There are 110 calories in a 1-fluid-ounce serving of amaretto. Amaretto is a liqueur that has an almond flavor and is 28 percent alcohol by volume, or 56 proof.
To make a good amaretto sour, pour 1 1/2 ounces of amaretto liqueur, 1 ounce of simple syrup and 3/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it, and strain it into a glass with ice. Garnish the drink with an orange slice and cherry.
An amaretto stone sour is an alcoholic drink that uses orange juice and sour mix. The drink is made using one part of each ingredient.
A classic Amaretto sour is made by mixing 1 1/2 ounces Amaretto liqueur and one to two splashes of sweet and sour mix in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. It is then poured into a glass to serve and garnished with a maraschino cherry and orange slice.
Kahlua, Patron XO Cafe, Starbucks, Tia Maria, Godiva and Kamora are some of the most popular coffee liqueur brands on the market. There are many others available as well, ranging from the affordable DeKuyper coffee liqueur to Koval's more exclusive organic coffee liqueur.
Many liqueurs can be made easily at home by mixing a flavor ingredient, such a fruit, herb or extract, with sugar and alcohol. Some simple and effective liqueur recipes can be found on DrinksMixer and Homemade-Liqueurs.