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Disaronno Originale
The Disaronno Originale square bottle
Country of originItaly
Alcohol by volume28%
Proof (US)56
Flavoursweet, cherry/almond

Disaronno Originale (28% abv) is a type of amaretto—an amber-colored liqueur with a characteristic almond taste, although it does not actually contain almonds.[1][2] It is produced in Saronno, in the Lombardy region, and is sold worldwide. According to the company, the liqueur is an infusion of apricot kernel oil with "absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits".[3][4] The liqueur is sold in an oblong glass decanter designed by a craftsman from Murano.[1]

The product was called Amaretto di Saronno (Amaretto from Saronno) until 2001, when it was rebranded as "Disaronno Originale" for marketing reasons.

The company has promoted a legend about the origin of the drink:

In 1525, a Saronno church commissioned artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils, to paint its sanctuary with frescoes. As the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Luini needed to depict the Madonna, but was in need of a model. He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper. As a gift for him, the woman steeped apricot kernels in brandy, producing the first amaretto liqueur.[4][5]

Disaronno can be served neat as a cordial, on the rocks, or as part of a cocktail mixed with other alcoholic beverages, cola, ginger ale, or fruit juice. It may also be added to hot chocolate and is an ingredient in the Italian variant of an Irish coffee. The amaretto liqueur can also be used in the Italian dessert Tiramisu.[6]


  1. ^ a b "FOOD 101: The History Of Amaretto Liqueur". The Nibble Blog. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ Troy, Eric (September 6, 2012). "Amaretto Liqueur". Culinary Lore.
  3. ^ "The "Originale" Story". disaronno.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History of Amaretto". foodnetwork.ca. Shaw Media. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Heritage". Disaronno.com. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  6. ^ "Proper Italian Tiramisu". Lauren Caris Cooks. May 10, 2015. Retrieved 2020-12-30.

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