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When old man winter bears down on your doorstep, and its almost too cold to fish, this is the tonic I recommend to restore your spirits. 

I love the way good quality amaretto makes a cup of chicory coffee taste.  After a hard day on the water there is nothing that warms me up faster. 

Also, if you are looking for a great Christmas gift, Auntie Jean mixes this every year and bottles it in beautiful wedge wood blue bottles.  Everyone wants to be on her Christmas list!

If you have an extra couple of hours, try this recipe.   Just be sure to let the mixture cool before you drop in the vodka.  If you don't the alcohol will evaporate and you will have made a virgin amaretto.  Good luck.




Amaretto Recipe


*  1 lemon

*  3 c. sugar

*  2 c. water

* 3 c. vodka

* 3 tbsp. brandy

* 2 tbsp. almond extract

* 2 tsp. vanilla extract

* 1 tsp. chocolate extract

Peel lemon, leaving inner white skin on fruit.  Cut rind into 2 x 1/r inch strips.   Reserve lemon pulp other uses.  Combine lemons peel, sugar, and water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat, remove lemon peel and discard.  Refrigerate.  Stir in vodka and remaining ingredients after the mixture has cooled.  Store in an airtight container.