Amaretto Disaronno Almond Liqueur

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Amaretto Disaronno, Italy, 28%                                                                        

Legend is that artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils, was asked  to paint some church frescoes. He was in need of a model.

He found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper, who became his model and lover. Out of gratitude and affection, the woman wished to give him a gift. Her simple means did not permit much, so she steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented it as a gift to Luini.