Almond Liqueur Substitutes

What is almond liqueur?

Almond liqueur is a liqueur that has an almond flavor. It may or may not contain almonds, but the flavor is constant.

Manufacturers use almonds or apricots, or both to make the base of almond liqueur.

Like many other alcohols, almond liqueur contains other flavorings and spices.

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How to drink almond liqueur


The common way to enjoy this liqueur is over ice. It makes for a perfect dessert drink.

You can mix it with cola for a flavorful drink. Simply pour a shot of almond liqueur in a glass and top it with cola.

You can enjoy almond liqueur with alcoholic drinks. Pair it with whiskey, vodka, or even other liqueurs.

My favorite thing about almond liqueur is its adaptability. You can combine it with different flavors including coffee, ginger, cinnamon, and fruit flavors.


Almond liqueur is a popular ingredient in creamy cocktails. You can add it to fruity highballs and martinis to add depth to the flavor.

It is no surprise that almond liqueur is considered a staple in modern bars. Who wouldn’t want to have such an amazing ingredient in stock?

I’ll share a few cocktail recipes that you can make in the comfort of your home.

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Almond liqueur uses in cooking

Yes, you can use almond liqueur in cooking.  Add it to baked goods including cakes and cookies for a unique taste. You can use it to glaze savory dishes and in sweet dessert sauces.

Drizzle a little bit of almond liqueur into your bowl of fruit or ice cream bowl for an amazing flavor.

Seeing how amazing almond liqueur is, you are likely to run out when you least expect it. Therefore, it is important to know substitutes you can use in their place so that you are not stranded.

Hazelnut liqueur, marzipan, almond extract, coffee liqueur, orgeat Italian soda syrup, and chocolate liqueur are suitable almond liqueur substitutes. You can use them in recipes that call for almond liqueur.

The substitutes

  1. Hazelnut liqueur

In my opinion, hazelnut liqueur is the best substitute for almond liqueur. It is similar to almond liqueur in many ways. The flavor is slightly different, but I can bet that no one will be able to tell the difference.

Hazelnut liqueur is nuttier compared to an almond liqueur. The flavor makes it a popular ingredient in baked goods including cakes and muffins. It is used to flavor coffee too. Just like almond liqueur, this substitute is used in several cocktails.

Since hazelnut liqueur is both sweet and nutty, you can use it in cocktails and in baked goods that call for almond liqueur.

  1. Marzipan

Marzipan is a common baking ingredient that is used in baking.  It has a very sweet flavor, that’s why most people use it as an ingredient in baking cakes.

Marzipan is actually made from almonds, so it is only natural that it is a suitable almond liqueur substitute. Other ingredients used to make marzipan include; sugar, corn syrup, and egg whites.

A lot of people describe the flavor of this substitute as candy-like. It has a very smooth texture so you can easily add it to your recipes.

I suggest using these substitutes in baked goods that call for almond liqueur.

  1. Almond extract

Almond extract is another substitute for an almond liqueur that you can use. As the name suggests, it is an extract that is made from the almond oil. It is then mixed with ethyl, flavorless alcohol. Almond extract has a distinct almond flavor.

The flavor of almond extract is more concentrated when you compare it to that of almond liqueur. Therefore, you will have to use less than what the recipe calls for to get similar results.

For every tablespoon of almond liqueur that your recipe requires, use one teaspoon of almond extract.

  1. Coffee liqueur

This is one of my favorite substitutes. The flavor of coffee liqueur is slightly different but it works just fine for me.

Coffee liqueur is basically a mixture of sugar, coffee, and alcohol. The sugar softens the taste of alcohol.

I suggest buying brands that are sweet and syrupy. They will give you the best results.

Use coffee liqueur the same way you use almond liqueur. It works great in baked goods and cocktails too (including martinis). You can use it as a topping for cakes as well.

  1. Orgeat Italian soda syrup

Also called French Orgeat, Orgeat Italian soda syrup is a suitable almond liqueur substitute. This ingredient is normally used to make tiki drinks, cocktails, and fountain drinks.

Orgeat syrup is simply sweetened almond syrup that contains orange flower water. It is very similar to marzipan. It contains almond extract, orange flower water, and sugar.

This ingredient is non-alcoholic, so keep that in mind when you decide to use it as a substitute.

The upside with orgeat syrup is that it is cheaper compared to almond liqueur. If you are looking to save some coins, buy orgeat syrup instead of almond liqueur.

  1. Chocolate liqueur

If you love chocolate, chocolate liqueur is the substitute you should use. Chocolate liqueur has a sweet chocolate flavor that is perfect for both cocktails and baked goods. I always feel like it gives cocktails a classic taste.

There are two types of chocolate liqueur. They include; cream liqueur and crème de cacao.

You can use either of the two, but crème de cacao is my go-to substitute, mostly because it contains the alcohol content that is required in most recipes.

Homemade almond liqueur

The homemade almond liqueur has always been amazing. When I first realized how easy it is to make it I was very surprised.

It is one of the easiest recipes I have come across. Here is how to make the most amazing almond liqueur you have ever tasted. I can bet you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  2. Heat the mixture until it boils and make sure that all the sugar has dissolved
  3. Once the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let it cool for 8-10 minutes\
  4. After 10 minutes, add your vodka, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir the mixture until all the ingredients combine completely.
  5. At this point, your homemade almond liqueur is ready. Serve and enjoy or store it in a sealed bottle.

Note: You do not have to use expensive vodka for this liqueur to turn out amazing. Cheap vodka will work just fine.

What does it taste like?


I would describe the taste of almond liqueur as nutty and sweet. Additionally, it has slightly bitter notes. Different brands have different sweetness levels, and some contain herbs and spices that you can taste.

I love my almond liqueur less sugary, so I tend to go for the premium almond liqueur. The cheaper options are nice but too sugary for my liking.

Almond liqueur is thick and syrupy. Its consistency is very similar to that of cough syrup.

Almond liqueur cocktails

  1. Cinnamon toasty shot

As the name suggests, this cocktail is made by mixing cinnamon schnapps with almond liqueur. It is a perfectly smooth cocktail and it is perfect for parties.

  1. Café Amore

This is an amazing hot coffee cocktail that is made using almond liquer. You can make it by combining the liqueur with cognac.

Top it off with a mound of whipped cream and a few almonds to complete the cocktail. Perfect dessert drink if you ask me.

  1. Godfather

Godfather is hands down one of my favorite cocktails. You can make it by simply mixing almond liqueur with scotch. The two ingredients complement each other perfectly. Serve this cocktail on the rocks for the best experience.

  1. Kool-Aid shooter

I have always been a fan of party shots that taste like kool-aid. This cocktail contains four ingredients.

To make it, you’ll need almond liqueur, Midori melon liqueur, vodka, and cranberry juice. Mix the ingredients together and pour them into shot glasses. Enjoy!



As discussed above, almond liqueur is an amazing ingredient that you can use in cocktails and bake goods. It is a great addition to ice cream and fruit bowls too.

You can use any substitute that we have discussed above.

If your recipe requires some alcohol content, use substitutes that contain alcohol. If not, use non-alcoholic substitutes.

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