Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Now That's the Spirit

My family's Amaretto recipe has been passed down through generations and was always made around the holidays. I had a ball whipping up batch after batch of this almond-like goodness and taste testing along the way. You can enjoy the liqueur in a cocktail, over a dessert or all by itself.

To spruce up the bottles for Christmas gifts, I tied a garland clipping and miniature ornament to Bake It Pretty's "Drink Me" tags using my favorite striped string. Enjoy the recipe; it's sure to get you in the holiday spirit!


Boudreaux Family's Amaretto
3½ cups sugar
1 tbsp. instant coffee
1 oz. almond extract
5 tsp. vanilla extract
5 dashes
Peychaud's bitters
1 fifth [about 25.6 ounces] of vodka

Dissolve sugar in 2 cups boiling water. Add instant coffee and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from fire and stir in remaining ingredients. Be sure to taste, but consider yourself warned when you're making this at 9AM.


51 comments:

Two Tall Girls said...

Your packaging is absolutely adorable! So Alice In Wonderland at Christmas as I'm sure was your intent. I'm so impressed.

the sweet life with olives said...

Ok, adorable and beautiful and most certainly delicious! You are a fountain of great ideas! Rock on:-)

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous presentation- I feel inspired!

amanda bel said...

I linked your post over on my blogs, thank you SO MUCH for sharing! I seriously can not wait to make some Amaretto for myself....I alreay ordered the supplies and everything :)

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

I love everything about this - the idea, the labels, the bottles...very cool!

jae said...

This is great! Who wouldn't love to receive one of these? I love the fact that you HAD to keep tasting it. What do they always teach a chef......TASTE YOUR FOOD.

You know what else is great......you won the drawing! Yes, that's right....my daughter drew your name this morning. Come check it out!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Adorable! You sure have put all those clippings to good use. Now your favorite string is my favorite string.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Such a wonderful gift and gorge packaging! I'm sure my mom is going to be making this now, she loves ammeretto.

The Rauths said...

you are brilliant! i am so making those one year...thanks for the adorable idea!

Kelly said...

YUM! i'm definitely trying this recipe out. and your bottles look adorable!

xo
Kelly

Arlynn said...

What a fantastic idea! I love gifting (and receiving) handmade treats at the holidays and this is a splendid idea!!!

Thanks for sharing your resipe : )

I *Heart* You said...

i LOVE the alice in wonderland look of it! i bet it is delish!

Sarah said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love them!!!! The tags are perfect and I especially love the Dr. Nut carton they are in!!

Laura said...

Very cool idea!

Stephanie said...

Oooh ... I need to brew up a batch of this!

What an adorable gift ... I can only imagine the awesome sours this would make.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea! Where did you find the jars?

Courtney said...

What a wonderful gift! And your packaging is too cute; I especially love them all gathered together in your Dr. Nut crate.

This recipe sounds delicious; I am definitely filing it away!

please sir said...

So cute! And sounds oh so good!

Elements of Style said...

you could NOT be any cuter. or cooler.

Visual Vamp said...

Y*U*M*M*Y
xo xo xo

megan said...

Oh, I see a new tradition starting for us...the Boudreaux Family's Amaretto! Thanks!

Blair said...

oh, my these are amazing! Such beautiful packaging and I love the bottles themselves. I definitley will have to try to make this!

Jennifer said...

those are so dang cute!

MIMILEE said...

GOSH, girl....this amaretto looks fabulous. Can't wait to try it.

The cute bottles make it though....you are so clever!

ArsBars said...

WHERE did you get those LOVELY bottles? I have been hemming and hawing over what sort of holiday treats to make and give this year, and kept thinking toffee/cookies/sweets but know that everyone gets overloaded with holiday sweets...what a perfect, beautiful gift!

erika said...

hey dr nut,
it's me, your friend dr nut. i just updated my blog and my dr nut happens to have made the cut too.
we must be equally cool... or nutty? not sure which?
people will think we bought them together, the nutty thing is - we didn't!
XO
DN

Kwana said...

Just lovely. A breathtaking presentation.

Pink Wallpaper said...

those are adorable! love the dr. nut box.

summer said...

LOVE this!
they look so festive all packaged up in that crate- and I am a huge fan of the Alice in Wonderland "drink me" tags. What a great find.

Lindley said...

i am going to give this a whirl this weekend! i would love to know where you got your bottles! **I hope to see you next Wednesday at La Casa de Letras for our Christmas party!! -Lindley

Courtney said...

Thanks for the kind comments! It was a lot of fun to do these...and hopefully a lot of fun for the recipients to drink :)

As for the bottles, you can find these at the Container Store or at most online bottling shops. Even a local beer bottling supply shop will have them, and most cities have a store like that. Good luck and send me pics if you make some yourself!

xxCHEERS!

Joyce said...

Courtney- WOW girl you rock! I LOVE the presentation!!!! This is so sweet of you to share your recipe. I was mentioning this to my husband and I could see his wheels a turning! I think he wants me to make a batch. Thanks again...
Hugs
xoxo

Uncle Beefy said...

Nice job, Martha! Er, I mean, Miss Courtney! It looks FANTASTIC!!! And thank you for offering the recipe! Such a sweet little offering. It will be treasured and hopefully something I get to try out over the holidays! Mwah!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

How cute! :)

janice said...

Absolutely adorable and yummy looking! Would it be an option to use Angostura Bitters instead? hmmm.

Courtney said...

Janice: I used Angostura myself because we had a huge, unopened bottle. I sent my Mom home with a sample of my Amaretto and she's going to make her's using Peychaud's...then do a taste test to see if it matters. I'll be sure to report back :)

beachbungalow8 said...

such a cute idea court! love that dr nut container!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Darling packaging!

pret-a-party said...

wow, i'll take a case! :)

No.35style said...

Now I am on a mission to find a Dr. Nut box...love it!

Kaitlyn's Momma said...

Wow- The recipe sounds absolutely DELISH!


The bottles are so adorable!!!

benson said...

hooray! got all the supplies (my Peychauds was only $2.99 at our local liquor store!) and will be brewing up some amaretto for friends and family. I feel like it's prohibition days and I'm secretly making "the good stuff" :)

The Lil Bee said...

Courtney, you are too cute...I love this idea!

AT said...

This is adorable! I am a bakers twine convert. It's cheap and also comes on those huge cones. I've got red and blue and am tying it onto anything that'll hold still. Yipee, Christmas!

simply seleta said...

You're definitely the coolest girl on the block. Lucky a friend would be who receives this tasty stylin' gift.

Alisa Palmer said...

So I'm a little confused by the amount of vodka you say to put in. You put 1/5th which typically means a 750 ml bottle, but then you put 25 ml out to the side - which is it? 25ml doesn't seem like enough but I made it using only 25 ml and it tastes good. Help!

Heather said...

this is a GREAT idea!

Anonymous said...

to Alisa Palmer said...

She actually said 25.6 ounces not ml.

hope that helps.

Libby said...

I've been lurking on your blog for a while, but after making this recipe, I had to delurk to thank you! So easy, and such a big hit with my friends.

Thanks for sharing!
Libby

atout said...

I just got around to making this! It's 10am on a Saturday and I'm having a hard time not making myself a glass on the rocks. Soo so good.