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       Title: Amaretto Liqueor
  Categories: Beverages
       Yield: 1 recipe
       1 c  Granulated sugar
     3/4 c  Water
       2    Dried apricot halves
       1 tb Almond extract
     1/2 c  Pure grain alcohol
     1/2 c  Water
       1 c  Brandy
       3 dr Yellow food coloring
       6 dr Red food coloring
       2 dr Blue food coloring
     1/2 ts Glycerin
   Combine sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan.
   Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and
   simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat
   and cool.
   In an aging container, combine apricot halves, almond
   extract, grain alcohol with 1/2 cup water, and brandy.
   Stir in cooled sugar syrup mixture. Cap and let age
   for 2 days. Remove apricot halves. (Save apricot
   halves, as they may be used for cooking). Add food
   coloring and glycerin. Stir, recap and continue aging
   for 1 to 2 months.
   Re-bottle as desired. Liqueur is ready to serve but
   will continue to improve with additional aging.
   Variation: For a more prominent 'bitter almond'
   flavor, add 4 apricot nuts,** split in half, to basic
   mixture. Leave in for 2 days to 2 weeks depending upon
   depth of flavor desired. Remove and discard apricot
   nuts. Continue as directed.
   **Note: Apricot 'nuts' come from within the apricot
   pit. You may split pits yourself or obtain them dried
   at a health food store.