- Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in a sealed bottle.
Original recipe makes 3 servings
The legend has it, amaretto was made way back in The Renaissance by a young innkeeper in Saronno, Italy. In 1525, the residents of Saronno were finishing the reconstruction of their town that was hit hard by war. Bernardino Luini (an important part of the Leonardo da Vinci College of Fine Art) was commissioned by the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Saronno to paint a fresco of the Adoration of the Magi which featured the Madonna.
Luini, enthusiastic about his artwork, took an exhaustive search for the ideal model to portray his Madonna. He discovered that searching for an individual who was patient, focused as well as beautiful was a tough job until he first laid his artistic look on the fair-haired innkeeper.
It was just a matter of time before the young innkeeper dropped deeply and fervently in love with the artist. Her love was so strong that she made a special syrup mixture for her sweetheart: amaretto. Sadly, the young innkeeper name is lost, however her likeness and amaretto recipe lives on .