- April 19, 2012 is
National Amaretto Day
Amaretto is a popular Italian liqueur that is commonly added to many dishes and beverages. The almond flavoring comes from apricot kernel oil, burnt sugar, and spices. Did you know that the word "amaretto" means slightly bitter? This refers to the occasional bitter aftertaste of amaretto.
This liqueur can be served by itself, on the rocks, or added to beverages such as mixed drinks or coffee. Amaretto is also used in cooking meat, fish, and vegetables for its almond flavoring. It can even be added to desserts such as ice cream to compliment chocolate.
Though amaretto did not arrive in the United States until the 1960's, it was created during the 16th century in Italy by the Disaronno family. According to family legend, artist Bernadino Luini traveled to Saronno in northern Italy to paint. While he was there, he met a beautiful widow whom he asked to be the model for one of his paintings. She expressed her gratification towards him by presenting him with the first amaretto drink ever.
Celebrate this historical liqueur tonight by enjoying a divine glass of amaretto or try adding it to one of your recipes for some delicious almond flavoring!