Cocktail Ingredient Glossary » Amaretto

Amaretto is a generally sweet liqueur originating from Italy from the mid-16th century. It is made from a base of almonds or apricot pits, and the name implies "bitter" in Italian, as a slight bitterness is imparted by the kernels used in the cooking.

It is often drunk "neat" or on the rocks, and is used in several official International Bartender's Association cocktails.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 30mL

Calories 84 (351 kJ)
from alcohol 32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbs. 9g 3%
Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Protein 0g
: Nutritional information disclaimer

*: Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your diet needs.

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Brands and Variations of Amaretto

Disaronno[home page]

Disaronno Originale is a bittersweet almond flavored amaretto. Disaronno claims it's recipe is unchanged since 1525. It is produced in Saronno, a municipality of Lombardy, Italy.

The company has described Disarrono Originale as an infusion of apricot kernel oil with alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits. The product apparently does not contain any almonds or other nuts.

The Disaronno bottle is a distinctive squarish decanter type bottle.

Du Bouchet


Luxardo is an Italian made Amaretto made from almonds picked in Sicily, and unlike other amarettos, Luxardo claims to use no additives like peach pits. It's aged for at least eight months in larch vats and is noted for it's smoothness and hints of vanilla.

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