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Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

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Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur: A Toast to Tonda Gentile Hazelnuts

Frangelico, the iconic liqueur encased in a charming monk's habit bottle, is a taste of Italy in every sip. This beloved hazelnut liqueur boasts a rich history and an even richer flavour profile, making it a versatile addition to any well-stocked drinks cabinet.

A Legacy Steeped in Tradition

Frangelico's origins weave a captivating tale. Legend speaks of hermit monks in Italy's Piedmont region, who, over 300 years ago, concocted a liqueur using the bounty of local Tonda Gentile hazelnuts. These plump, prized nuts are smaller than their commercially grown counterparts, but their flavour is anything but diminutive. They lend Frangelico its signature character – a deep, toasty hazelnut essence that lingers on the palate.

Aromatic Delights: Unveiling the Flavour Profile

Frangelico's beauty extends beyond its unique bottle. Pour a glass, and you'll be greeted by a warm, golden hue that hints at the treasures within. On the nose, a symphony of aromas unfolds – the unmistakable richness of roasted hazelnuts takes centre stage, interwoven with subtle notes of cocoa, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. The alcohol (20% ABV) is well-integrated, presenting a gentle warmth rather than a harsh bite.

The first sip is a revelation. The luxurious texture coats the tongue, delivering a burst of hazelnut flavour that's both sweet and surprisingly complex. Hints of cocoa and vanilla emerge, adding depth and elegance. The finish is smooth and lingering, leaving a warm, nutty aftertaste that invites another sip.

Frangelico Beyond the Rocks: Serving Suggestions for Every Occasion

Frangelico's versatility makes it a true star of the drinks world. Here are some ways to enjoy its unique flavour:

  • Neat or on the Rocks: For a pure and unadulterated experience, Frangelico shines on its own. Serve it chilled in a shot glass for a delightful after-dinner digestif, or pour it over ice for a refreshing twist.
  • Coffee and Cocktail Companion: Frangelico elevates your daily cup of coffee. Add a splash to your latte for a delightful hazelnut twist, or create a luxurious after-dinner drink by combining Frangelico with hot espresso and whipped cream. Frangelico is also a fantastic base for cocktails. Explore classic recipes like the Hazelnut Sour (Frangelico, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white) or the Frescobaldi (Frangelico, Prosecco, lime juice).
  • Dessert Duos: Frangelico complements sweet treats beautifully. Drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, fruit salad, or a decadent chocolate cake for an extra layer of flavour.

Frangelico: A Touch of Italy for Every Moment

Whether you're unwinding after a long day, entertaining guests, or crafting creative cocktails, Frangelico adds a touch of Italian elegance to the occasion. Its rich hazelnut flavour, smooth texture, and versatility make it a true gem in the world of liqueurs. So, raise a glass to Frangelico, a timeless testament to the perfect harmony of tradition, quality ingredients, and pure flavour.

Looking to Explore Frangelico Further?

At The General Wine, we offer a wide selection of liqueurs, including Frangelico. Visit our website or our store in Liphook to explore the world of Frangelico and discover how you can incorporate its unique flavour into your next gathering.

 

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