The birds are chirping, the cherry blossoms are a blooming, it’s safe to say Spring is springing and boy do I have a seasonally enjoyable drink for you. I don’t know exactly how or why, but I’ve gotten really into Amaretto these last few weeks. For those of you who don’t know, Amaretto is a smooth, almond-flavored, amber colored Italian liqueur made from apricot kernels (and/or cookies, but we’ll get to that later) and it’s ridiculously delicious. It’s pleasantly sweet (not super sweet), and you can barely taste the booze… the ultimate sipper.
Who doesn’t want to feel classy while sipping straight brown? While whiskey is a fall drink, Amaretto is what I’d like to introduce as a “Summer Brown.” While it’s most commonly used as a component of larger cocktails, I absolutely love just sipping it straight on the rocks. It’s so classy, so elegant.
The brand you can typically find in most liquor stores is that big square bottle of Disaronno.
And while that’s good, my personal favorite I’ve found is a Lazzaroni (this is the one made with an infusion of Amaretti di Saronno cookies (made from sugar, apricot kernels, & egg whites) into neutral alcohol made from molasses. Other ingredients include European beet sugar and distilled cocoa among others and includes caramel coloring). I’ve never actually seen a bottle in a liquor store, but if you go to your local, relatively nice bar or restaurant, there’s a strong chance they’ll have one of these bad boys in the rack. Go for it, you won’t regret it.
It’s only 24-30% alcohol (compared to your 40% for a shot of Jameson) so you can sip more for longer, it won’t black you out (ahem, Jamo), and boy does it go down criminally smooth.
Amaretto is technically a digestif, so if you’ve just downed a heavy-ass meal and all you want to do is veg out… just sip on one of these bad boys and it’ll calm your stomach right down. Seriously though, it’s the perfect after dinner drink. Throw some on the rocks and let your evening melt away.