Introduction of Disaronno
When discussing Disaronno it is important to know that it is an amaretto or at least tastes like amaretto. This group of liqueurs have a distinct almond taste but may or may not actually include almonds.
The background of amaretto lends some information on what Disaronno is. There is a story depicting the origin of Disaronno with some arguably questionable details. However, the company insists on its background being factual so it is beneficial to share the history.
The story goes that a painter named Bernardino Luini was commissioned to paint a Saronno church sanctuary. The church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, or Madonna, and Luini decided she should be featured in his painting.
He searched until finding an appropriate model to fashion his Madonna after. The story indicates that Luini and his model took a liking to each other and she created an amaretto potion for him. That very potion from 1525 is said to be the recipe for the Disaronno liqueur still enjoyed today.
Some believe the story and many do not, however, Disaronno refuses to reveal its actual recipe but insists it has remained unchanged. It is known that the amaretto-flavored liqueur contains no actual almonds. Some estimate that apricot pits, also called stones, may be the primary component offering flavor.
The Disaronno recipe has remained unchanged for almost 500 years. However, there is a new variation that has been recently released called Disaronno Riserva.
This new member to the Disaronno family is more of a liquor than a liqueur. Featuring a blend with Scotch whiskey and aged in wine barrels, this high-end offering runs almost $350 per bottle. The undisclosed aging process combined with a limited number of available barrels for aging has led to the higher price point, as well.
For those more interested in the amaretto-like Disaronno Originale, pricing is far more reasonable at around $30 per bottle.
A Comparison of Amaretto Brands
Most other amaretto brands fall into the same general price range as Disaronno Originale - between $20 and $35. There are several producers that make amaretto or amaretto-like liqueurs.
A Culinary Liqueur
Disaronno, and other amarettos, may be the one liqueur used more for cooking than for drinking. While the name amaretto seems to originate from the similar flavors exhibited by the cookie, the famed amaretti cookies do not feature amaretto liqueur as an ingredient.
However, many recipes call for amaretto to impart it’s almond-like flavor. Cakes, cookies, savory dishes, and even ice cream pops all use amaretto liqueur in certain recipes.
Common Disaronno Prices List
Disaronno Originale Amaretto
Common Recipes: What to Mix with Disaronno
While Disaronno is the amaretto liqueur of choice for many chefs and home cooks to include in their recipes, its first purpose in life was to drink. Disaronno can be enjoyed alone as an aperitif or digestif. It is most commonly found as a tasty ingredient in cocktails. Here are several classic drinks that could feature Disaronno.
Taking the place of brandy in the classic, even iconic, Brandy Alexander, Disaronno gives this cocktail a creamier, smoother feel than the original version.
Everything goes into a cocktail shaker with ice. Guess what happens next? You guessed it! Shake it up with a gentle, yet confident shake. Strain into your prefered glass - a brandy snifter or martini glass work well with this creamy cocktail.
Perfect for the warmer months, this layered cocktail is great for a summer soiree. As a pro tip, use the orange juice without pulp to avoid unwanted texture.
Fill a glass with ice - this is a taller drink so plan accordingly. Pour the Disaronno over the top every so gently. Now the orange juice goes on top, again, you must pour carefully for a beautiful end result. The club soda goes next...gentle! The final element is the smallest splash of the grenadine to finish the sunset look. Whatever you do, do not stir.
Many picture amaretto in only creamy, heavy cocktails but this number might change your mind. Given the cranberry-forward flavors, this could be a great choice for that festive time at the end of the year. As this cocktail is perfect for holiday parties, the recipe is for a batch of four Disaronno Kisses.
All of the liquid ingredients can be mixed in one large pitcher. Each cocktail should be shaken separately. For each cocktail, pour the appropriate amount into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish the glass with the orange slice.
For those less refined moments, a fun refreshing Alabama Slammer does the trick. Perfect by the pool or for a southern football tailgate party, this cocktail uses a blend of multiple liqueurs and some gin.
This is an easy one as everything goes into a cocktail shaker at the same time, along with ice. Shake it like you know how to shake it! Strain into a glass of your choosing - for a somewhat classy look, try an old-fashioned glass.