What is Frangelico Liqueur?

The History of a Popular Nut Liqueur and Cocktails to Mix It In

Frangelico Liqueur
Frangelico is the best-known hazelnut liqueur available and it is used to make some amazing, nutty cocktails. © Campari Group

Frangelico is a pale gold colored liqueur made of Tonda Gentile hazelnuts. It is distilled in the Piedmont region of northern Italy from an alcohol and water infusion of the nuts. Natural flavoring extracts such as cocoa and vanilla are added before blending with alcohol, sugar and water to meet the bottle strength.

It remains the premier hazelnut liqueur and its origins go back over 300 years to the Christian monks who inhabited that area of Italy.

The name Frangelico is derived from one of those monks, Fra. Angelico, and the bottle reflects this heritage, which looks like a glass monk, complete with a rope belt.

Frangelico Cocktails

Frangelico is used in a variety of cocktails, most commonly dessert drinks and shooters. It adds a rich, nutty flavor with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. It is also delicious on its own and is commonly served straight, chilled, over ice, or with soda or tonic.

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Other Hazelnut Liqueurs

Frangelico is not one of the cheaper liqueurs available and sells for around $25-30 for a 750ml bottle.

There are other hazelnut liqueurs available that are often found for at least half the price of Frangelico. Here are a few.

  • Bartenura Hazelnut Liqueur
  • DeKuyper Hazelnut Liqueur
  • Francesca Hazelnut Liqueur
  • Hiram Walker Hazelnut Liqueur
  • Kahlua Hazelnut Liqueur
  • Silver Cloud Hazelnut Liqueur