Alcohol Content: 28%
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If you’ve seen “The Godfather” by Francis Coppola, you might have noticed the apparition of the cocktail with the same name, which main ingredient is —guess who—Amaretto.
Be careful, because we’re talking about a real gangster’s drink!
Amaretto has a wide variety, because there are ones made out of the classic Almond or Apricot Kernels, and even ones made of non-natural ingredients. And some that add herbs or even fruit to the preparation, so they change the taste or add complexity to it.
Because of that apparition in the movie “The Godfather“, you might think that it’s a story of crime scenes, but instead, it’s all about love. The legend of the almond-flavored drink states that Bernardino Luini, a pupil of Da Vinci, needed a model for a fresco he was creating at a local church.
So he chose a widowed innkeeper to portray the Virgin Mary, and she fell in love with him. It was so much that she wanted to thank him, so she created a mix of Brandy and Apricot Kernels.
This church is actually the Sante Maria delle Grazie, from Saronno, and that curious drink, is Amaretto.
You noticed that it says Apricot Kernels instead of Almonds? Apricot Kernels have a thing in common with Almonds; both of them contain Benzaldehyde, a chemical that causes the taste of almonds.
The word that names this great liquor means “a little bitter”, and was originated from a diminutive of Amaro, that means “bitter”. This is like this because of its taste, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink it neat. It’s actually rather sweet due to sweeteners or the addition of burnt sugar, which also causes itsamber tone.
Amaretto is quite versatile, because it’s used in a wide variety of deserts and cocktails, like the Amaretto Sour, or the Nutcracker Martini. Some use it in Tiramisu, coffee and ice-cream.
Because the only way of making ice-cream better is adding some alcohol to it, don’t you think?
There are several types of this bitter, and this mostly depends of the spices and herbs used on its preparation. Some are spicier, made out of lemon, or even oranges. This opens up a whole new world of flavors you can add to your cocktails.
What are you favourite cocktails that use Amaretto.
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