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the 'original' amaretto

Still made in Saronno, Lombardy, according to a recipe of 1525 (or so they claim), Disaronno Originale (the 21st-century name of Amaratto di Saranno) is an amber coloured amaretto made from 17 herbs and fruits, burnt sugar alcohol and apricot kernel oil (but without any nuts, in spite of its almond flavour). It's sold in a distinctive bottle, designed by the Murano glass makers of Venice, with a square black top.

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Lachlan Hardy