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I've tried searching for this but found nothing.  I love amaretto, and am interested in producing it once I have my license.  Is there a recipe somewhere for this, or is it just a case of using GNS and adding in the flavoring?

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If doing things the easy way is your business plan, then yes.

As with all liqueur's you start with whatever base you intend to use for each product. Some use their vodka, some use their remand others a white dog (whiskey). Our liqueur's start with whatever clear spirit will be enhanced by the herbs, botanicals, fruit, etc that will be added. As far as Amaretto goes the flavor is that of almonds and sometimes apricot pits as well. You can also add other ingredients to help round out the bitter nut. Think of it like baking or cooking, you know the base flavor you are going for, but what other "seasoning" will enhance to give a balanced, enjoyable flavor. Again, this is how you would approach it as a true craft distiller. You could also take the "other" industry approach and just buy GNS and add the extract, but whats the fun in that?

 

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Thanks for the reply.  I think I prefer to use my own liquor vs buying GNS.  Just wasn't sure if I needed to make a mash or just add in the flavoring after distillation.

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These are two that I have:

Amaretto (Thomas) Recipe
From Sweet Sips 2 by Charles Thomas:
•1/2 lb fresh almonds
•2 cups brandy
•1 Tbsp grated orange peel
•1 Tbsp vanilla extract
•1 dried apricot, chopped
•1 cup vodka
•1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water
•1 tsp Finishing Formula**

** Finishing Formula is a glycerin mixture that the author sells himself. For a thicker mouth feel is crucial for your enjoyment of a liqueur.
Chop almonds, put in jar with apricot, brandy, vodka, vanilla and orange peel. Steep 6-8 weeks. Strain and filter. Boil sugar and water together until sugar is dissolved, and let cool. Add to mixture. Bottle and/or serve.

 

Amaretto
• 3 cups water
• 3 cups table sugar
• 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
• 6 cups vodka
• 6 tablespoons pure almond extract
• 6 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• Saucepan
• Container

Instructions
Combine water, table sugar and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stirring often until the sugars are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Add vodka, almond and vanilla extracts. Mix well. Your amaretto can be consumed after it is well mixed, or stored for future use.

See below about ABV change when adding sugar:
Liqueurs Ratio Calculator
Making liqueurs, one runs up against the “what percentage of alcohol is this?” question. The sugar loadings are often specified in Mass per Volume terms such as gram/litre. This calculates the volume of simple sugar syrup to add on the basis of ABV. Example: Drambuie Liqueur has 337.8 grams of sugar per litre at 40% ABV (est). This is in HTML - a portable format.
Cheers

 

 

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Are you still looking for an amaretto flavor? I can send you a sample if you like.

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