Amaretto liqueur

Yield: 1 recipe

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Granulated sugar
¾ cup Water
2 \N Dried apricot halves
1 tablespoon Almond extract
½ cup Pure grain alcohol and
½ cup Water
1 cup Brandy
3 drops Yellow food coloring
6 drops Red food coloring
2 drops Blue food coloring
½ teaspoon Glycerin

Combine sugar and ¾ cup water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.

In an aging container, combine apricot halves, almond extract, grain alcohol with ½ cup water, and brandy.

Stir in cooled sugar syrup mixture. Cap and let age for 2 days. Remove apricot halves. (Save apricot halves, as they may be used for cooking). Add food coloring and glycerin. Stir, recap and continue aging for 1 to 2 months.

Re-bottle as desired. Liqueur is ready to serve but will continue to improve with additional aging.

Variation: For a more prominent 'bitter almond' flavor, add 4 apricot nuts,** split in half, to basic mixture. Leave in for 2 days to 2 weeks depending upon depth of flavor desired. Remove and discard apricot nuts. Continue as directed.

**Note: Apricot 'nuts' come from within the apricot pit. You may split pits yourself or obtain them dried at a health food store.

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