This is not really Amaretto. Real Amaretto is an Italian liquor made with apricot or almond pits seeped in alcohol with herbs & sweetener added. This homemade flavored vodka tastes pretty similar at a fraction of the price.
This version can be sipped, made into drinks like Amaretto Sours, added into your after dinner coffee, and used as a flavoring in baking.
Pour it into a nice bottle, add a homemade label, some ribbon and you’ve got yourself a nice hostess or holiday gift!
1 C water
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 C 80 proof vodka (not flavored kinds!)
2 TBS Almond extract
2 tsp vanilla
Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and let cook until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 min.*
Add Vodka, almond extract and vanilla. Store in a sealed bottle.
*Note: if this mixture is too hot it will make some of the alcohol evaporate when added.