Amaretto (Italian for “a little bitter”) is a delightful Italian liqueur that was invented in Saronno. Depending on the brand, it may be produced from apricot kernels, bitter almonds, peach stones, or almonds, all of which are organic sources of the benzaldehyde that provides the almond-like flavour of the liqueur. It usually contains 21 to 28 percent alcohol by volume.
When served as a cocktail, amaretto can be drunk by itself, used as an element to create several popular combined drinks, or added to coffee. Amaretto is also frequently used in culinary applications.