I don’t know why one has to wait for the holidays to open a bottle of good amaretto!

di saronnoThe distinctive bittersweet almond taste (although it contains no almonds or nuts) of this liqueur is intriguing and almost addictive and the amber color is beguiling in cocktails as well as on the rocks.  Amaretto's "secret formula" is unchanged since 1525, and its production remains in Saronno, Lombardy, in Northern Italy where the famed Amaretti biscuits come from.

Disaronno has been in production since about 1900 and the company describes its amaretto Disaronno Originale — it was called "Amaretto di Saronno" (Amaretto from Saronno) until a copyright issue on the name Saronno, forced the company to rename it — as an infusion of "apricot kernel oil" with "absolutely pure alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits"; the product does not contain any almonds or other nuts. The amber liqueur is presented in a unique square faceted Murano glass decanter with a distinctive stopper.

The legend of DISARONNO dates back to 1525, when Renaissance artist and Leonardo da Vinci pupil Bernardino Luini was commissioned to paint a fresco in Saronno. To portray the Madonna of Miracles, he chose as his muse a beautiful local innkeeper. She repaid the honor by giving the artist a flask of a fragrant and delicate amber liquor known as amaretto.

Disaronno can be served on the rocks, in shots, as part of a cocktail ( check out the DiSaronno cocktail competition in LA http://lacocktails.com/2012/05/25/disaronno-mixing-star-la-regional-competition/ ) or with a Cola drink or apple and cherry juice.  I love to mix it in cookie dough and cakes.

But here are cocktail recipes for the coming holidays:

di saronno 2SMASHING PUMPKIN

1 ounce aged rum/ whiskey/ cognac
1 ounce DISARONNO
1 heaping bar spoon of pumpkin pie mix
½ ounce heavy cream
1 whole egg

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Dry shake (shake without ice so as to 'whip' the ingredients together). Then shake again with ice. Strain into a rocks glass without any ice. Top with freshly grated cinnamon.

 

di saronno 1A BLOODY GOOD TIME

1 ½ ounces Cazadores Añejo.
1 ounce DISARONNO
1ounce fresh blood orange juice
2 ginger dials (muddled)
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
soda
In mixing glass muddle ginger dials with lemon juice. Add simple syrup; blood orange juice, DISARONNO, and Cazadores Anejo tequila.  Shake and strain into a highball over fresh ice.  Top with soda, fold & stir into cocktail. Garnish with lemon wedge.

DISARONNO WINTER WHITE COSMO
1 part DISARONNO1 part GREY GOOSE vodka
1 part white cranberry juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
 
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
 
 
ITALIAN EGG NOG
 
2 parts DISARONNO
1 part BACARDI OakHeart Rum
1 part half and half
1 whole egg
 
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with fresh nutmeg.

DISARONNO ITALIAN RUM PUNCH
 
1 750mL bottle DISARONNO
1 750mL bottle BACARDI 8
2 quarts pineapple juice
1 quart orange juice
5 lime slices
 
Place limes in a large bowl and press lightly. Mix in all ingredients and serve over ice. Makes 20 servings.

THE GODFATHER
 
1 part  DISARONNO
3 parts Scotch Whiskey
 
Mix ingredients and pour over ice.
 

di saronno photo

 

Just on time for the holidays:  the DISARONNO2012 Holiday Gift Set with two Italian-designed glasses etched with the iconic DISARONNO bottle image and logo packaged alongside a 750ml bottle of DISARONNO and a list of signature cocktail recipes. The limited-edition set is available nationwide throughout the holidays for approximately  $25.99.

http://www.disaronno.com

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