June 7, 2020

Frangelico, a Sweet Hazelnut Liqueur

If you're into gin and don't like sweet drinks, this one's for you. It's bubbly, super easy to make, and as tart and sour as you please.

smelling and tasting frangelico

Frangelico is a sweet Hazelnut liqueur made by marrying a hazelnut infusion with the extracts and distillates of coco, vanilla and coffee for a rich layered flavor.

The distinct monk shaped bottles can be seen on bars everywhere 

What does Frangelico taste like?

Immediately it tastes like sweet toasted hazelnuts with a background of light chocolate and warm vanilla. It's like graham crackers, and wafer cookies and ends with a sweet vanilla cream aftertaste.

The smell is very similar with lots of roasted nuttiness and mild chocolate coming through.

It reminds you of so many delicious dessert flavors.

Pouring a glass of Frangelico

How to drink Frangelico

Enjoy a small glass poured over ice as a substitute for dessert, or try mixing it in cocktails with other ingredients that pair well with its main flavors.

Whiskey and brandy are both great pairing options that create a spirit forward backbone and highlight all the layers of Frangelico. It's hints of coffee and vanilla also make it pair naturally with cream to create some truly decadent dessert drinks. 

It's often used in cocktails for the hazel and pairing it with fruit can give a real BP&J flavor to a drink.

pouring a frangelico cocktail

Frangelico substitutes

You can use other hazelnut liquors in place of Frangelico, however, Frangelico is a specific recipe that has more flavors than just hazelnuts.

Other hazel liqueurs may not taste the same depending on the maker's recipe so keep that in mind if you're mixing it in cocktails.

Frangelico vs. Amaretto

Frangelico is not the same as Amaretto.

Amaretto is an almond liqueur that has a mellow almond extract flavor whereas Frengelico has a much more complex flavor with coffee, chocolate and vanilla all complimenting its nuttiness.

frangelico on ice

A delicious hazelnut liqueur

Frangelico's flavor is really more than just a hazelnut liquor.

The secondary flavors are just as much a part of the show as the hazelnut. Try some sipped on the rocks or mixed with rye and bitters in an Old Fashioned variation.

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