Homemade Amaretto

Make this Homemade Amaretto instead of buying it at the store! It’s easy to make and your cocktails will taste so much better!

Just like everything else, homemade amaretto is always going to be better!

Homemade Amaretto is an easy homemade amaretto recipe

Homemade Amaretto Recipe

Amaretto is definitely in our liquor rotation. We use it to make Mimosas and these Chocolate Chip Shooters. Or just for sipping all by itself, but it will set you back about 40 bucks.

So it’s a good thing you only need a half a shot or so when you’re making a cocktail with amaretto so it will also last you a while, but you know what they say…

Homemade is always best. And that goes for booze too.

So when I came across this recipe from Allrecipes I knew I had to try it out. When you make Homemade Amaretto, you can control the sugar so you don’t end up with something too sweet.

And we it makes you cocktails even better!

The process is easy, you start out with plain (good quality) vodka. Then you add in the flavoring – vanilla beans, almond extract and sugar. That’s basically it – and then you let it sit.

The longer you let it sit, the better it gets. But you definitely have to give it a few days or up to a week before trying it.

Once you’re ready to drink it though you can remove the vanilla bean if the flavor is right for you, or leave it in and let it flavor the amaretto some more.

Homemade Amaretto is an amaretto recipe you can make at home

I took the vanilla bean out after a week since for me the flavor tasted right on target. Then I whipped up some of these Island Champagne Cocktails to test it out.

I’m telling you this tastes as good if not better than the expensive store bought brand – I like that it’s less sweet and also has more almond flavor.

Homemade Amaretto is an amaretto recipe that is easy to make at home

More Cocktails To Make With This Amaretto Recipe

Eggnog Cocktail

Seven Seas Martini

The Godfather Cocktail



Homemade Amaretto

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Pour
  • Cuisine: American


This homemade Amaretto recipe is so easy to make! It will make all your cocktails taste so much better!


  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 vanilla beans, split
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract


  1. Heat up both sugars with 1 cup of water in a saucepan,
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  4. Pour the cooled sugar water into a sealable bottle, a mason jar would work great for this too.
  5. Add the vodka, vanilla beans and almond extract and stir.
  6. Let sit for a week at room temperature then strain through a piece of cheesecloth and return to the same bottle.

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20 Responses

    1. I don’t have the exact answer for that Dawn, but it’s almost all alcohol so it’s going to last a long time! If you’re worried about it you can always store it in the refrigerator.

    2. Gina

      I had some given to me as a gift and I tucked it in the back of our second fridge and pretty much forgot about it. I would clean around it and then the day before Christmas I needed more room and thought I would throw it out, but laughingly we decided to take a sip… AMAZING. Can’t remember for sure how long it was in there, but a conservative estimate would be 6 years.

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  2. Cathe

    Hi. What kind of vodka? I’ve seen some recipes that say use inexpensive alcohol. I’ve never had it before so have no point of reference.

      1. Navneet Kumar

        Alcohol % drops as it’s mixed with cooked sugar, if mixed in a right amount ABV drops down as similar to the commercially available Amaretto However try using vodka which already has low ABV

  3. STB

    Hi – I just made this – and it looks like the almond extract is sitting on top rather than mixing in…. did anyone else find that? Does it integrate eventually? Thanks!

  4. Lisa

    I made this last year was delish. I have several request to make again. However I have 2 questions. Can I use vanilla vodka to help with flavor. And of u use light or dark brown sugar

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