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I think we should give more homemade gifts this Christmas, starting with bottles of my Homemade Amaretto.
I’m sitting here, typing this in the final few hours of Black Friday. I’ve been bombarded with email discounts, but the only thing I’ve ordered is a copy of Mansions of Madness (ad) the board game because J and I have wanted it for ages and it was the cheapest we’d seen anywhere? Christmas music started way too early, and even though I’m looking forward to feeling festive, I’m feeling very anti commercialism at the moment.
So, as I mentioned, I think you should make up a big batch of homemade amaretto to gift in pretty bottles, or just as a gift for yourself to enjoy over Christmas, or to use in a batch of my Amaretti Biscuits. Surprisingly enough you just need a few simple ingredients (sugar, vanilla pods, vodka, almond extract) and I think it makes the perfect handmade gift because it only takes a week to infuse, unlike, say, a batch of Sloe Brandy – I’ve still got to wait until Christmas Eve to crack my batch open!
Literally my only caveat here is to make sure you buy alcohol, not oil based almond extract – Nielsen-Massey make a good one (ad) – because oil and vodka don’t mix. Obviously. Not realising what I had in stock was oil not alcohol based like I thought, I learned this one the hard way developing this recipe!
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