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.