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Amaretto Liqueur

Author/Submitted by: Submitted By RHOMMEL <RHOMMEL@IX.NETCOM.COM> On FRI, 24 NOV 1995
Servings: 1
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Amaretto / Brandy / Liqueur

1  cup  granulated sugar
3/4  cup  water
2    dried apricot halves
1  tablespoon  almond extract
1/2  cup  pure grain alcohol
1/2  cup  water
1  cup  brandy
3  drops  yellow food coloring
6  drops  red food coloring
2  drops  blue food coloring
1/2  teaspoon  glycerin

1. Combine sugar and 3/4 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.

2. In an aging container, combine apricot halves, almond extract, grain alcohol with 1/2 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.

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

4. 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.

** 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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