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Frangelico Liqueur

Hazelnut Liqueur


By Robert Plotkin

Introduced in the United States in the early 1980s, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur immediately developed a loyal following with mixologists and consumers alike. Nothing quite like it had ever appeared on American backbars. Its brilliant hazelnut flavor and generous bouquet quickly became featured attractions in scores of contemporary classics.

Legend has it that at turn of the 17th century an Italian cleric named Friar (Fra.) Angelico created a sweetened elixir out of brandy and wild hazelnuts. Its recipe was handed down for generations until it eventually became the foundation of the now indispensable liqueur.

Today Frangelico is made in the Piedmont region of Italy. Its complex and one of a kind character is produced by infusing brandy with a combination of natural flavor extracts that include hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. The liqueur is repeatedly filtered for purity, sweetened and bottled at 48 proof.

The reasons for Frangelico's tremendous success are perfectly evident. The liqueur has an appealing amber hue and a supple, lightweight body. Its generous bouquet is perhaps the most seductive in the business, a wafting affair of vanilla, honey and roasted nuts. The bakery fresh aromas expertly prepare the palate for the waves of chocolate, spicy herbs and toasted hazelnuts. The flavorful finish is warm and relaxed.

Frangelico is as versatile as it is delicious and its reputation as a "must have" back bar performer is permanently fixed. If you haven't sampled this classic liqueur neat, you're in for a genuine treat.


Frangelico Recipes

1921 Lola Martini
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced blender canister
2 oz. 1921 Tequila Cream
1/2 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1 oz. 1921 Tequila Reserva Especial
1 oz. caramel flavored milk
Blend thoroughly
Alaskan Quaalude
Rocks glass, ice
Build in glass
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. White Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Amber Skies Martini
Finely crushed almonds rimmed cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz. Disaronno Amaretto
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Stir and strain
Lemon twist garnish