Disaronno Originale Amaretto

Disaronno Originale Amaretto


  • Brand:Disaronno Amaretto
  • Categories:Liqueur, Nuts, Amaretto Liqueur
  • ABV:28%
Disaronno Amaretto is one of the world’s most popular Italian liqueurs. The distinct almond flavor makes for a delicious sipping liqueur or pair perfectly in a number of cocktails.


Disaronno Originale Amaretto

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Disaronno Originale is an iconic almond-flavored Italian liqueur that’s as easily recognized by its distinctive flavor as it is for its decanter-shaped bottle.

Disaronno Originale (28% abv) is a type of amaretto—an amber-colored liqueur with a characteristic almond taste, although it does not actually contain almonds.It is produced in Saronno, in the Lombardy region, and is sold worldwide. According to the company, the liqueur is an infusion of apricot kernel oil with “absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits”.The liqueur is sold in an oblong glass decanter designed by a craftsman from Murano.

The product was called Amaretto di Saronno (Amaretto from Saronno) until 2001, when it was rebranded as “Disaronno Originale” for marketing reasons.

The company has promoted a legend about the origin of the drink:

In 1525, a Saronno church commissioned artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils, to paint its sanctuary with frescoes. As the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Luini needed to depict the Madonna, but was in need of a model. He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper. As a gift for him, the woman steeped apricot kernels in brandy, producing the first amaretto liqueur.

Disaronno can be served straight up as a cordialon the rocks, or as part of a cocktail mixed with other alcoholic beverages, cola, ginger ale, or fruit juice. It may also be added to hot chocolate and is an ingredient in the Italian variant of an Irish coffee. The amaretto liqueur is also used in the Italian dessert Tiramisu.

Tasting Notes

Color: Rich golden amber

Nose: Notes of almond cookies, nougat, dried cherry, and orange zest

Palate: The texture is unctuous, voluptuous, and mouth-filling. Its flavor evokes biting into a dense piece of marzipan, with its concentrated almond-oil notes, but other layers of flavor are present as well: orange zest, dried cherries and apricots, caramelized sugar, and dates.

Finish: The sweetness and fruitiness lingers, but with a satisfying mildly bitter sensation that keeps it all in check.

Our Review

Disaronno has developed its own liquid lore that’s perhaps been embellished over time, dating to the 16th century and the town of Saronno, where the famed almond liqueur is still made. Liqueurs, made of all sorts of herbs, roots, fruits, and nuts, are very commonly made throughout Italy. Disaronno links the inspiration for its version to the Renaissance, when, it says, the artist Bernardino Luini was looking for a muse for his commissioned fresco in the Saronno church, Madonna dei Miracoli, in Lombardy, Italy. He asked a local innkeeper if she’d model for the work and, it is said, she was so flattered by the request that she supposedly gave Luini a bottle of her own homemade almond liqueur. What we do know for certain is that the company was founded by Domenico Reina, who opened a shop in Saronno and began making and selling his family recipe of amaretto under the name Amaretto di Saronno. In 2001, to differentiate itself from competition in the market, the company changed the name Disaronno Originale. Even in a modern world where brands feel the pressure to create spin-offs and new products for the market, to date Disaronno Originale has only launched one other in its product line: a cream liqueur version that hit shelves in 2020.

Although the company will not reveal its ingredients, the liqueur’s almond flavor comes from the chemical compound benzaldehyde, found in almonds, apricot kernels, and cherry kernels, among other sources. So while the liquid tastes like almonds, it’s entirely possible there aren’t any actual almonds used in making it. That actually might have originated with the Renaissance-era inspiration for the recipe: Apparently that innkeeper made her liqueur with the leftover kernels of apricots.

Almonds or not, the rich, decadent flavor of the liqueur has become beloved by drinkers the world over, and the product has remained a classic for more than one hundred years. Its inimitable almond flavor is essential in the beloved Amaretto Sour and other classic cocktails and shots, and the bottle has earned a presence on the back bar of nearly every place you can order a drink.


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