What to do with lots of Amaretto?
December 30, 2010 3:27 PM   Subscribe

I have loads of Amaretto - please give me ideas for using it!

Over the past year or so I have been given three bottles of Amaretto. I like Amaretto a lot, and when I'm on a night out I will often a glass or three over ice with a squeeze of lemon juice. Friends of mine have taken note of this over the years and bought me the bottles for christmases and birthdays. However, I don't drink it at home. In fact, I rarely drink any alcohol at home.

So, what can I do to use three bottles of Amaretto and avoid insulting my friends? All suggestions welcome.
posted by jonnyploy to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The only uses for Amaretto seem to be dessert or alcoholic drinks, and since you don't want to drink it, a quick google search brought up this: Amaretto Flavored Desserts.

Also, you could try throwing a holiday party and decide to share your Amaretto with your friends- tell them that you want to share the good cheer that they've given you or something like that.
posted by lauratheexplorer at 3:33 PM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

I have been known to put a splash in heavy cream before I whip it to use on desserts. It's also yummy in hot chocolate.
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 3:37 PM on December 30, 2010

I doubt your friends are keeping track of your liquor cabinet, so you can always regift a bottle or two. It's good in whipped cream and hot cocoa, as mentioned. Apples sauteed in butter and finished with amaretto make a tasty side dish.
posted by cyndigo at 3:56 PM on December 30, 2010

Yeah - definitely try adding it to hot chocolate, coffee, chai, &etc.

Also, some cocktail suggestions.
posted by kickingtheground at 4:01 PM on December 30, 2010

Chocolate Amaretto Sorbet.

and Peach Amaretto Sorbet.
posted by essexjan at 4:05 PM on December 30, 2010

Amaretto is always handy to have in the pantry. Here are some suggestions:

* flavoring when making a pudding
* use when putting up any pitted fruit like peaches, cherries or nectarines. It also works with apples and pears
* flavoring agent for apple sauce
* tiramisu -- dip the savaroni cookies in amaretto
* something to heavily sprinkle or marinade fruit such as, pineapple
* use it to flavor rehydrated dried fruit such as, cranberries, apricots and pears; use said fruit in a bread pudding that uses almond paste
* whipped cream
* coffee or cocoa drinks
* truffle making
* chocolate spread

Really, where an almond flavor is needed amaretto is successfully used to amplify the flavor.
posted by jadepearl at 4:20 PM on December 30, 2010

French toast!
A dash of Amaretto into your egg dip (about a shot for every 5 pieces of bread), some cinnamon, and triple-sec (if you have it) makes great french toast.
posted by thebestsophist at 4:24 PM on December 30, 2010 [3 favorites]

Amaretto Brownies

1 c shortening
4 (1-oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
2 c sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 T amaretto
1.5 c all-purpose flour
1/2 t salt
Amaretto Frosting
3-4 T sliced almonds

Combine shortening and chocolate in a heavy saucepan; place over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Add sugar, stirring until combined. Remove from heat, and cool. Stir in eggs and amaretto. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Pour batter into a lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes; cool. Frost with Amaretto Frosting. Sprinkle with sliced almongs and cut into squares. Makes 2.5 dozen.

Amaretto Frosting

1/4 c butter
1 (1-oz) square unsweetened chocolate
2 T half-and-half
2.5 c sifted powdered sugar
dash of salt
2 T amaretto

Combine butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan; place over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Stir in half-and-half. Add powdered sugar, salt, and amaretto, stirring until smooth.

This is absolutely guaranteed to make your sweet tooth ache, but also very happy.
posted by DrGail at 4:28 PM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

wow, this thread is really making me want some amaretto to bake with. send me some?

I know you said you don't drink at home, but I was once given some michelob ultra that I thought was pretty gross on its own but tasted WONDERFUL mixed with amaretto.

If I were you and had no lousy beer, I would make some almond flavored cookies. with amaretto. and then make some more. become the almond guy.
posted by ghostbikes at 4:49 PM on December 30, 2010

A shot or two in baked apples and pears is delicious.

Peel, seed and quarter fresh apples and pears. Layer in a baking dish, dot with butter, sprinkle a generous layer of brown sugar on top, dash of cinnamon, dash of vanilla, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and amaretto. Bake at 350 covered until sugar renders to syrup, and apples and pears are fork-tender.

Spoon over slices of pork, pork chops, or ice cream, and serve it forth.
posted by headspace at 6:31 PM on December 30, 2010

Get a small jar of maraschino cherries. Pour out the syrup. Pour amaretto over the top until cherries are submerged. Cover and leave in the back of the fridge for a few days/weeks/months. Eat the cherries plain, or throw a few at the bottom of a fruity mixed drink, or give the jar away. Yum.
posted by beandip at 7:33 PM on December 30, 2010

absolutely pour it over fruit salad for a delicious dessert. pineapple especially -- sounds weird but it's good!
posted by lilbizou at 7:43 PM on December 30, 2010

amaretto loves peaches. stew some peaches in amaretto, serve over cake or ice cream.
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:46 PM on December 30, 2010

If you ever host a party, cherry jello shots with amaretto are quite nice. My grandma made them for her fourth of july party and it was quite a hit with all generations.
posted by gilsonal at 7:18 AM on December 31, 2010

Amaretto sours are quite tasty, and again very party like. Also bonus points for extremely easy to make. A bottle of Amaretto and a bottle of sour mix would make a nice instant party present.
posted by alhadro at 7:30 AM on December 31, 2010

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