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Frangelico is a hazelnut flavoured liqueur which is made in Italy. Apparently the recipe dates back 300 years and was originally made by monks, hence the distinctive bottle shape.
As you can see from the picture it comes in a brown bottle shaped like a monks habit and even has the rope belt! The main labelling is yellow.
If you like the flavour of hazelnuts, you are going to like this drink! It's sweet, nutty and very moreish. There are numerous ways you can use this liquer but I like to drink it! I really love it in coffee (think alcoholic hazelnut syrup!) and when I just fancy a drink on a Friday night I'll mix it with Diet Coke but you can basically mix it with any type of cocktail. I haven't tried it yet but was thinking it would go really well with a splash of Baileys and milk/cream over ice for a hazelnut version of a "screaming orgasm" type cocktail yum!
I haven't seen this in supermarkets, I think a previous reviewer said they bought it in Waitrose. We stock it in our family owned drinks shop in Devon and its a good regular seller. Some of our customers use it for baking and I have been given a recipe for "Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake" which I will be certainly adding a good slug of Frangelico to!
I had wanted to try this liqueur for a while as the bottle is very cute and intruiging looking. I spotted it in Waitrose where it is priced at £12.99 for a 70cl bottle and thought I'd give it a try. It has 20% alcohol volume.
Well, the previous reveiwer has given a very in-depth review on the history of the drink so I won't run through it all again, but to cut a long story short it is made using the old recipe of an Italian monk named Fra. Angelico. The bottle is brown glass with aged-looking labels and a rope loop which ties around the bottle so it is reminiscent of a monk. It's a nice looking bottle which looks great on display.
The liqueur is a honey brown yellow colour and it is quite a fluidic texture - similar to Disaronno if you have tried it. When you smell the drink you get an instant hit of hazelnut with a tinge of herbiness to it. It's a very rich nutty smell. The taste is again like melted hazelnuts and it's a very pungent in-your face nut taste. When you sip it, at first it tastes sweet with a slight berriness to it then you get the alcohol kick followed by the creamy, sticky sweet hazelnut aftertaste. It's sweet but not quite as sweet as amaretto or baileys.
This really is a very strange drink. I find it hard to compare it to anything else. It's like nutella but not as chocolatey and with more hazelnuts through it. Needless to say, if you are not that big a fan of nuts you will intensely dislike this drink. At first I wasn't sure if I liked it or not as it's so unusual tasting but after a few sips I really started to enjoy it.
You drink Frangelico straight on the rocks or mix it with cocktails - e.g with vodka for a twist on the martini. You can also use it in cooking which would work really well in cakes and muffins. It's not a drink you could have all night but it makes a nice after dinner aperetif.
If you like to try different and unusual drinks then you definately have to give this a bash.
An exquisite Italian liqueur made from wild hazelnuts, herbs and berries. Enjoyed neat or over ice.