Amaretto

Enjoy our selection of Amaretto, the popular nutty Italian liqueur that's best served over ice, mixed or in cocktails.

Amaretto is a sweet almond flavoured liqueur, predominantly associated with Saronno, Italy. Often made with almonds, or apricot kernels, the name is a derived from a mixtures of Saronno itself and the Italian word amaro meaning bitter, due to the use of the bitter almonds, though these are often combined with sweeter almonds, making it much more palatable.

Whilst some brands make amaretto purely from almonds, Disaronno is a nut free version with the distinctive flavour hailing form the kernel found in apricots pits, though is has not marketed itself as an amarettoe since 2001. The legend of amaretto goes back as far as the 16th century, when Saronno church commissioned artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils, to paint their sanctuary with frescoes. As the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Luini needed to depict the Madonna, but was in need of a model. He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper, who became his model and (in most versions) lover. Out of gratitude and affection, the woman wished to give him a gift. Her simple means did not permit much, so she steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting concoction to a touched Luini. 

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  1. Disaronno Liqueur 50cl
    £14.99

    Disaronno Amaretto liqueur is created from a secret blend of exotic herbs and spices steeped apricot kernel oil for its exquisite distinctive flavour. An effortless Italian chic liqueur perfect for any...
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  2. Sette Vie Amaretto Elite 50cl
    £17.99

    Sette Vie Amaretto is hand-crafted from a perfectly balanced blend of bitter and sweet Italian almonds harvested in the height of the summer, giving it its velvety smooth taste, exquisite flavours, and luxurious aromas that will scintillate...
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