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Amaretto di Amore

Amaretto di Amore

Love as I know it comes in several forms: from the deep knowing passions of maturity to the innocent ignorant flirtations of youth, love can hit you like falling on ice or flow over you as light as the fresh air of spring. This “amaretto of love” sits with its rounded hips squarely in the latter camp. Sweet as junior-high concepts of love, Amaretto di Amore expresses itself to the jaded as an overtly sweet drink with little to no true warmth. However, to those that understand the limitations of youthful adoration, this drink brings one back to the age of innocent eyes and not-so-innocent make-out sessions after class. Like the strawberry lip balm taste of my first kiss, one can easily become drunk, especially after downing half a bottle and later left wondering what happened. Like the hours and minutes lost in youthful embrace, one doesn’t regret going back for another glass or kiss from this sweet lass.

Created by the Barton Distilling Company in Owensboro, KY and owned by the Sazerac Company, Inc., this clear caramel colored drink rates at a trifling 42 proof (21 percent) alcohol in comparison to most liquors that usually rate somewhere around 60 to 80 proof (30 to 40 percent). This is not to say there isn’t alcohol in this drink. Forty-two proof is awfully weak for liquor, but still is four times as strong as your average beer and thus should be treated as such. This may be to the detriment of younger drinkers, but then again, the same could be said of love: stronger than you think, lands you in a heap of trouble from time to time and leaves you with a wicked hangover the next day.

The sweet embrace

Shot Taste: Dr. Pepper-esque flavor with little to no alcohol burn and lasting sweet almond

On The Rocks Taste: Sweet amaretto with cherry overtones but missing the warmth of stronger more mature drinks.

On a scale of Terrible / Bad / Decent / Good / Excellent

I vote, Good

Recommendations: Lighter and sweeter than the more expensive Disaronno brand amaretto, this drink is enjoyed as an entry-level liquor or as a nice cooking flavor additive.

Check out http://www.bartonbrands.com/amarettodiamore.html for minimal further information and some delicious sounding desserts ideas and recipes.

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