Americans have only recently, compared to its history, fallen in love with this almond-flavored liqueur which has been produced comercially in Northern Italy since the mid 1850's. Legend has it that the original recipe dates to 1525. The name amaretto is Italian for a little bitter. This liqueur was invented by the Lazzaroni family of Saronno. Many know this name having enjoyed the delicious amaretto cookies in the familiar red tins. While the predominant flavor of Amaretto is almonds, it might not even contain almonds. The traditional base of genuine Amaretto is apricot pits with other spices and flavors. OliveNation's pure amaretto extract captures all the flavors of this popular liqueur. It is great in dessert items such as cakes, cookies and various desserts.