NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY
Each year on April 19th, National Amaretto Day recognizes a liqueur known around the world for its flavor and aroma.
Amaretto in Italian means “a little bitter” and is made from bitter almonds or apricot kernels or both. Makers infuse it in pure alcohol or brandy, resulting in a strong almond flavor. This traditionally Italian liqueur carries a reputation for being fragrant.
Taking us back to the 1525 Renaissance in Saronno, Italy, painter Bernardino Luini selected a young innkeeper as his model for a fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles. In gratitude for being selected, the innkeeper gave the artist a gift of her own secret blend of almond and brandy.
Centuries later, the well-guarded recipe Saronno, Italy began producing the amaretto on a larger scale. At the turn of the 20th century, Disaronno began producing its amaretto for a broader market. The liqueur began appearing for sale in advertisements in the United States in the late 1940s. The family still bottles their recipe today.
Another Amaretto tale comes from the same area of Italy. However, this story tells of a young Lazzaroni couple blessed by the Cardinal of Milan in 1718. The couple honored his visit with a unique recipe of their own, producing an amaretto cookie like no other. And this one came in a bottle. Of course, their recipe was also a closely guarded family secret for generations. In 1851, the Lazzaroni family began selling their amaretto liqueur, and the family is still producing it today.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAmarettoDay
Amaretto can be enjoyed in several ways. Whether you bake or mix a drink, celebrate the day with the flavor of amaretto. The aroma alone is quite satisfying. The amaretto sour is likely the most familiar amaretto cocktail. However, amaretto also complements coffee and citrus beverages, too. Thanks to amaretto flavor syrups you can also enjoy delicious mocktails.
But you don’t have to stop there for amaretto flavor. Baked amaretto also makes for delicious baked goods! Experiment with recipes or share your favorites. We even have a recipe for you to try.
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NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this liqueur holiday.
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