picJP5bcBThe almond can be assembled into many forms of food and drink. Butter, milk, cookies, cakes, extract – you name it. Not only is the almond already a tasty treat on its own, it’s also extremely beneficial to your body, as each little piece is packed with vitamin E and other nutrients that assist with weight loss and reducing cholesterol. Still, most celebrated of all is the conversion of the nut into the coveted sweet, Italian liqueur – Amaretto. So naturally for National Almond Day, we’re going to walk you through making this boozy masterpiece on your own. Whether you’re looking for a quick gift or just trying to successfully accomplish a DIY project, homemade Amaretto is definitely worth taking the time to make.

Amaretto from scratch: (makes 3 cups)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 Tbsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Over medium heat, combine water and sugars in a saucepan. Heat until the mixture is boiling and all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove pan from heat and let concoction cool for about 30 minutes. Stir in the vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract. Strain for a clearer Amaretto and store in a sealed bottle. You can drink immediately, but the longer you let it sit the better it will taste!

Recipe from shutterbean