The 7 best amaretto liqueurs

Amarettowhich translates as “a little bitter”, is a Italian liquor with a pronounced almond flavor. It is made from apricot or peach kernels, almonds, or a combination of the three. Flavored with extracts that are added during production, it is also enhanced with swetting agents like caramelized sugar, which further deepen its amber hue.

Sometimes overlooked as too sweet, the best and most complex amarettos have a measured sweetness tempered by botanicals or spices. JToday it is produced in countries like WE, Portugal and Italy. You want to know more ? Here is everything you need to know about amaretto.

Although this liqueur can be served on its own, it is also fabulous over ice, in baked goods or, perhaps most famously, in cocktails. In this department it is perhaps best known as a key ingredient in a sour amarettowhich marries amaretto with an intoxicating blend of bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and beaten egg white.

Need a bottle of amaretto for your bar cart? We can guarantee one of the following seven wines, which have been handpicked by our tasting service.

The best amaretto liqueurs

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Distilled from almonds, not just flavored, this tawny liqueur offers bold sweet almond and marzipan flavors without becoming too heavy or cloying, backed by a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Ideal as a dessert, or to sweeten cocktails or pastries.—Kara Newman


$30
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91 Points Wine Enthusiast

It is a deeper and darker version of amaretto. Look for a bold marzipan scent and a rich, brown caramel sugar and almond extract on the viscous palate. Notes of baking spice and burnt orange peel enhance the finish. Sip or mix; the producer offers mixed with champagne. best buy—KN


$30
drizzle

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

This liquor actually taste like almonds, not the cloying almond extract. It pours thick and viscous, with a nutty flavor but not too sweet, plus a honeyed note on the spicy exit. Sip or mix or use for cooking. best buy—KN


$22
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Passionate about wine 90 points

Burnished copper in the glass, this liqueur has an aroma of sweet almond extract. In mouth, it is soft and enveloping, showing almond extract mixed with vanilla and caramel, fading into a warm ginger finish. Some will find it a bit sweet to sip straight up, but should be a versatile mixer for a wide range of cocktails. best buy—KN


$15
drizzle

87 Points Wine Enthusiast

From the light straw in the glass, look for a bold aroma of sweet almond and a flavor reminiscent of amaretto or marzipan candy. Compared to most liqueurs, this one is surprisingly light on the palate. —KN


$13
drizzle

87 Points Wine Enthusiast

Many will immediately recognize the square dimpled bottle on the back bar. The amber liquid inside the bottle is also distinctive, with its sweet aroma of amaretto biscuit and its fine flavor of almond extract, enhanced with vanilla and orange. This is a classic amaretto acid or coffee lacing. —KN


$21
The Whiskey Exchange

Di Antonio Amaretto Liqueur

89 Points Wine Enthusiast

This deep amber liqueur has a sweet scent of sweet almond extract, which is found in the mouth, as well as a hint of cinnamon on the way out. Mix in Amaretto Sours and other cocktails. —KN


$15
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Posted on November 1, 2022

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