Homemade Amaretto

Try this Homemade Amaretto recipe instead of buying it at the store! It’s so easy to make and your cocktails will taste ten times better! If you want to learn what Amaretto is & how to make it from scratch keep on reading.

What drinks can you use amaretto in? You can drink amaretto on its own, or use it in cocktails like The Godfather, or an Island Champagne Cocktail.

Homemade Amaretto is an easy homemade amaretto recipe

Easy 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 your cocktails are going to taste even better! with this Amaretto recipe!

How Do You Make Homemade Amaretto?

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.

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

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Homemade Amaretto is an easy recipe to make at home

Homemade Amaretto

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • 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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32 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.

    3. Tracy

      I’m seriously planning to make this recipe. Can you tell me what the alcohol content is? I know it probably depends on the sitting time, but if you could give me an idea, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

      1. Mike

        I use 151 Everclear ans when you add the one cup of water and a little more then 1 cup of sugar, that will about half the alcohol content to bring it to 75 proof or 37.5 %. If you start with 100 proof vodka out will be about to proof or 25%. The proof won’t change if the bottle is sealed right.

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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

  5. Jeremy

    Could the Brown sugar be replaced with molasses? I think I can find a substitution chart for it, but molasses would also lend a slight richness to the flavor that you just can’t get with brown sugar.

  6. Joseph Ropinski

    Amaretto Recipe

    I’m confused, one website says 1 vanilla bean equals 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, while another says 1 vanilla bean is equivalent to about 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Which one do I use. I’m trying to make amaretto and I want to make sure that I use the correct amount. I appreciate any suggestion that you might have. Thank you.

    Joseph Ropinski

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