HAPPY NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY!
What is Amaretto? An almond flavored liqueur made from apricot pits and/or almonds which, legend has it, was created by a young woman as a gift for Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo DaVinci's students. Luini needed a model for the Madonna for frescoes in a church in Saronno, Italy and was inspired by a young, widowed innkeeper of the region. Because of her limited means the young woman infused brandy with apricot kernels and presented this as her thanks to Luini for using her as his inspiration for the Madonna.
Here's some of my most popular martinis that make use of Amaretto:
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