A-Z Spirits and Liqueurs: F is for Frangelico

Despite the fact I appear to be allergic to raw hazelnuts, I am very pleased that this does not extend to anything hazelnut flavoured, in particular, Frangelico. So versatile is this liqueur, it can be enjoyed in winter or summer; to warm you up or cool you down; long or short and in sweet or savoury dishes. If there was one tipple to have in your cupboard year round, I’d say this is it!

What is it? Frangelico is a traditional liqueur made in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, dating back over 300 years to the time of early Christian monks in the area. Wild hazelnuts, crushed and toasted, are infused with vanilla and cocoa, to make a pale gold liqueur with a delicate hazelnut flavour and hints of dark chocolate. Its signature bottle is an obvious nod to a distinctive history, shaped like a monk’s habit with a rope tied around the middle, making it easy to spot on endless shelves of spirits and liqueurs.

How can I enjoy it? At 20% abv its sensible enough to enjoy on its own after dinner, poured over a tumbler of ice, but can also be added to coffee, mixed in a number of cocktails, dashed into delicious desserts or even used in savoury dishes.

I LOVE Frangelico in coffee and it is so easy! This quickie Hazelnut Coffee, is from the Frangelico website, but could easily make it without the cream if you dont feel like indulging!

  • 30ml/1oz Frangelico
  • Coffee
  • Cream
  • Chocolate flakes

Stir 30ml. Frangelico into your favourite hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate flakes.

If you do feel like induldging, this absolute cracker of a cocktail from Mix That Drink is practically a meal repalcement, but totally worth it!

Liquid Snickers

  • 1 ounce (30ml shot) dark creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) Irish cream
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) Frangelico
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) light cream

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Pour the three liquor ingredients over the ice. Finish by topping with the light cream. Serve with a stir straw (it looks cool), or stir before serving.Try munching on some peanuts with this one – it enhances the Snickers flavors, and the salty makes a great contrast to that sweetness.

For true absolute decadence you can always rely on Nigella Lawson to come up trumps. This Nigella recipe for Frangelico Tiramisu is a sure fire dinner party hit, but be sure to set some exercise time aside the next day!

  •  1 cup espresso coffee, 1 cup Frangelico hazlenut liqueur, plus more for the filling
  •   2 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup Frangelico hazlenut liqueur
  • 1 pound (2 cups) mascarpone
  • 30 Savoiardi biscuits (lady fingers), approx. 14 ounces
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

See link for directions on how to make!

I want it! Where can I get it? Pick up a 70cl bottle of Frangelico for £18.14 at easy online One Click Vintage. They offer free UK shipping for orders over £35.00 so why not pick up a few liquid essentials while you’re there. If you fancy trying the Liquid Snickers, they also sell Creme de Cacao for around £12 and Irish Cream starting at around £7.

Actually factual: The name Frangelico is based on the legend of a hermit called Fra Angelico who created his own unique liqueur recipes.

Frangelico bottle shot image taken from Geoff Penaluna’s photostream on flickr.

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