About Bols Amaretto Liqueur
In 1575 the Bols family opened the doors of a small distillery in Amsterdam. Lootsje, as it was called, produced liqueurs. Lucas Bols was born in 1652. The founder's grandson acquired a major share in the Dutch East India trading company, gaining access to exotic herbs and spices, which resulted in him creating over 300 recipes, shipping liqueurs around the world and creating the groundwork for the Bols company that we know today.
In 1664 Bols was mostly producing Dutch gin or genever, crafting a milder, subtle variation of the spirit. Once it reached the US market it turned out to be a major player in the cocktail revolution. It was in 1883 that Bols began maturing their genevers in French Limousin casks, a practice that they resurrected in 2010.
The company has since relocated its seat back to Amsterdam, where it all began, opening a bartending academy as well as The House of Bols, an interactive tour that takes visitors through the world of cocktails and genever. They relaunched the latter, based on the original 1820 recipe — the historic Bols Genever. The Bols distillery has since re-opened in Amsterdam, producing liqueur and genever with nearly half a millennium of heritage.
Amaretto is an incredibly popular Italian liqueur and a classic cocktail ingredient. It's sweet with a mild bitterness — its name translates to "a little bitter". The Dutch Bols Amaretto is made by distilling almond and apricot kernels and infused with natural botanicals to achieve its nutty and fruity profile.
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This typical aperitif has its origins in 13th century Italy where it was used for medicinal purposes. The liqueur is produced worldwide and can have all sorts of flavor profiles, from fruit, spices, nuts, and even cream, and has a low proof of 15 to 30% ABV.
Liqueur can be enjoyed in many different fashions, from drinking neat, in cocktails, served with coffee, or even used for cooking.
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