Typically Italian, legend has it that it was originally prepared by a widow in 1525 for Bernardo Luini, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, to show her appreciation for one of his paintings. Said to have seventeen ingredients in all, the bitter almond and apricot flavors predominate and mesh in a most agreeable manner.
Cooking - Amaretto serves a variety of culinary uses.
Beverages - Amaretto may be served neat (by itself) or on ice. It is often added to other beverages to create several popular mixed drinks. It is also a popular choice of liqueur to add to coffee in the morning.