I’ve been brewing coffee using different methods for many years now, but it was only a few months back that I got into coffee cocktails.
One particular concoction that I love also hails from the land of my favorite brew, Italy, the home of espresso. This Amaretto Coffee recipe delivers a smooth and nutty beverage that can bring together both coffee and liquor lovers.
If you’re ready to give this drink a try, then just follow my easy-peasy recipe below!
What is an Amaretto coffee?
Originating from Italy, Amaretto coffee is a popular drink that brings together the flavors of Italian coffee and amaretto liqueur, and is topped by whipped cream. As a result, you have a concoction with a robust caffeine kick fused with sweet nuttiness and whipped cream on top.
Amaretto can be traced back to Italy, where legend has it that an artist named Bernardiono Luini made a widowed innkeeper the model for his sketches. As a gift for Luini, the widow presented him with a bottle of brandy with steeped apricot kernels, leading to the creation of Amaretto.
I got to try this drink during my trip to Italy and it quickly became a favorite of mine. From the aroma to the comforting taste, I was instantly hooked and I just had to try making one myself. Now’s your turn to give this recipe a try.
Equipment & Ingredients for Making Amaretto Coffee
Here’s everything you need to whip up an Amaretto coffee:
- French press: This will be used to brew the coffee.
- Baking tray: The surface for toasting the almonds.
- 2 tbsp of ground coffee: Used to make the coffee base for the amaretto coffee.
- 30 ml amaretto: This sweet Italian liquor gives this beverage a distinct flavor.
- 15 ml brandy: (optional) Adds flavor and alcohol to the drink.
- 125 ml boiling water: Brews the coffee in the French press aka cafetiere.
- Whipped double cream: Adds richness and indulgence to the final drink.
- Blow torch (optional): For toasting the flaked almonds on the drink.
- Flaked almonds (optional): Gives a nutty taste and crunchy texture to the Amaretto coffee.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Amaretto Coffee
Making Amaretto coffee is simple, just follow the instructions below:
1. Add the ground coffee and hot water into the French press.
- Put the coffee and hot water into the French press as per my recipe.
- Place the lid and let it sit for four minutes.
2. Mix amaretto with the brandy (optional).
- In a separate glass, pour the amaretto and combine it with the brandy if you are using it for an added level of taste.
- Stir the mixture well.
3. Toast the flaked almonds (optional).
- Place the flaked almonds evenly on a tray.
- Gently torch across the almonds for approximately one minute until brown.
- Allow the flakes to cool.
4. Combine the coffee and amaretto mixture.
- Once four minutes have passed, plunge your French press.
- Pour the hot coffee into the mixture of amaretto and brandy.
5. Add the whipped cream and toasted almonds.
- Place whipped double cream on top of the coffee.
- Use a spoon to sprinkle the toasted flaked almnds over the whipped cream.
- Serve your Amaretto coffee and enjoy.
Barista Tips for Making Amaretto Coffee
Here are additional tips to craft an Amaretto coffee that suits you best:
- Add grated nutmeg: Fancy more toppings over your amaretto coffee? Try dusting it with some grated nutmeg.
- Amaretti biscuits are great add-ons: You can also crush some Amaretti biscuits into crumbs for added texture and taste. Alternatively, you can just serve these biscuits alongside your drink.
- Almond extract can be swapped with amaretto: Amaretto is a key ingredient for this recipe, but if you ever find yourself reaching for an empty bottle, don’t fret. You can use almond extract as an alternative to amaretto.
Whip up an Amaretto Coffee
Once you have every ingredient, making an Amaretto coffee is really easy. I’ve made this coffee cocktail many times and it’s a rewarding fix every time.
Don’t be afraid to play around with my suggested toppings to find which combinations suit your taste. Happy brewing!