Amaretto is a generic term for almond flavoured liqueurs. Some brands may actually use almonds, but the most famous brand, Amaretto di Saronno actually uses apricot pits. It has a slightly bitter favour and an alcohol content that ranges from 23 to 28%. Apparently made since 1525, it is still owned (2004) by the Saronno family. The bottle is made of Venetian glass.
Most Amaretto brands are still made in Italy, though the brand called “Amaretto de Sabroso” is made in Mexico.
Other brands include Amaretto Galiano, Amaretto di Amore, Lazzaroni Amaretto and Basilica Amaretto.
Use with fruit salads, and as a topping for ice cream.
In cooking, an Amaretto syrup such as the kind made by Da Vinci or Torani. Or per 2 tbsp Amaretto, 1/4 tsp almond extract