Celebrate Amaretto Day with Disaronno

Apr 17, 2023
Bartenders Corner I disaronno

Celebrate amaretto day with Disaronno – the world’s favourite Italian liqueur

Who doesn’t love the deliciously indulgent taste of Amaretto liqueur? With its perfect blend of bitter-sweet almond and vanilla flavours, it’s no wonder Amaretto has become a beloved drink worldwide. And this heavenly liqueur has its own special drink day! National Amaretto Day started in the USA, but its popularity has spread worldwide.  It is celebrated annually on April 19th subsequently an important date for Amaretto lovers worldwide.

Amaretto day is also an opportunity for people to learn more about the history and culture of Amaretto, as well as to discover new ways to enjoy it (more about that below!). The Italian word “amaretto” means “a little bitter” and was chosen because the liqueur can be made from either apricot kernels, bitter almonds, peach stones or almonds which are all natural sources of benzaldehyde that give the almond-like flavour to the liqueur. As one of the first Amaretto’s, Disaronno is the world’s leading amaretto today, and the story of its creation is almost as delicious and romantic as its taste.

A love potion born in the Italian Renaissance

Disaronno’s incredible origin story goes all the way back in 1525 and artistic glories of the Italian Renaissance. In that year, Bernardino Luini, of the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art, was commissioned to paint a fresco of the Madonna in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in the town of Saronno, Italy. Of course, Bernardino’s first task was to find the perfect model. While staying at a local inn, he met a young, fair-haired innkeeper and was so taken with her beauty that he chose her to pose as his Madonna.

The young girl was smitten with the dashing young artist. Determined to properly thank him for choosing her, she created a beautiful, amber-coloured liqueur made from a secret recipe of herbs and fruits steeped in apricot kernel oil. This gift was the first bottle of Disaronno. The people of Saronno called this wonderful liqueur ‘di Saronno’ – meaning ‘of Saronno’.

To this day, Disaronno is still made exclusively in Saronno, Italy, using a recipe that has not changed since 1525. Disaronno is produced with only carefully selected ingredients, such as the pure essence of 17 selected herbs and fruits soaked in apricot kernel oil. It is characterised by an unmistakable amber colour due to caramelised sugar: no additives are used. Over the years, its name transformed from Amaretto di Saronno Originale to Amaretto Disaronno and finally to Disaronno Originale. But while its name may have changed over time, Disaronno has always retained an essential relationship with the Italian lifestyle, ‘La Dolce Vita’, or ‘the sweet life’. Together, Disaronno and La Dolce Vita represent the perfect pairing of a delicious, sophisticated, unique drink and a philosophy that celebrates the simple pleasures of life – the Italian way. With Disaronno, you can savour La Dolce Vita and indulge in a little taste of heaven on earth.

An authentic Amaretto Sour starts with Disaronno

With a great balance of sweet and sour flavours, the legendary Amaretto Sour cocktail combines the sweet almond flavour of Disaronno liqueur with the tartness of fresh lemon juice and a touch of sweetness from simple syrup. This creates a well-balanced flavour profile that is both refreshing and delicious.

Here are a few reasons why an Amaretto Sour made with Disaronno, is often a staple cocktail on most bar menus and in recent years, popular with many people experimental with cocktails at home;

  1. It’s a crowd-pleaser: The Amaretto Sour is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. A distinct flavour – unmistakable and complex – rich, smooth, and balanced.
  2. It’s easy to make: With just a few ingredients, you can prepare Amaretto Sours in no time in your bar or at home.
  3. It’s a discerning choice – be adventurous, and put something new and unique on your cocktail menu!

Want to celebrate National Amaretto Day? Make sure you do it right!

Whatever you do, don’t settle for just any Amaretto – use the authentic Italian Amaretto liqueur – Disaronno Originale. With its sweet, nutty taste with hints of marzipan, almond, and vanilla, it’s no wonder Disaronno is the world’s favourite Italian liqueur+.

The Rise of Disaronno Originale

In terms of global sales, Disaronno is the world’s best-selling Italian liqueur and has experienced significant growth in recent years, both worldwide and in Australia. One factor contributing to Disaronno’s success in Australia is the rise of the cocktail culture. Many Australians have become interested in trying new and unique cocktails, and Disaronno’s versatility as a cocktail ingredient has made it a popular choice among bartenders. Disaronno is the key ingredient in an Amaretto Sour, and so the rise of popularity in this drink has naturally meant a rise in demand for Disaronno Originale.

Another key reason for its success is its distinctive aroma and taste.

Amaretto Sour Cocktail Recipe

45ml Disaronno
30ml Lemon
10ml sugar syrup (optional)
1 egg white or WonderFoam (optional)

Shake all the ingredients with ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Here’s a quick video on how to make a Disaronno Sour

Disaronno Originale Tasting Notes

ABV 20%


The sweet almond aroma on the nose is bright and lively.


The almond flavour is not super cloying and gives a nutty, toasted back-note on the finish.


The sweet taste of almond and marzipan


+ https://www.disaronno.com/en/

*IWSR 2020

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