Frangelico is a brand of hazelnut-and-herb-flavored liqueur produced in Canale, Italy and first sold in the 1980s, gaining attention due to its unusual packaging: the bottle is designed to look like a friar, complete with a knotted white cord around the waist. Originally 48 proof (24% alcohol by volume), its alcohol content has since been reduced to 40 proof (20% alcohol by volume). It is most commonly sold in two sizes: 750ml and 375ml.
Frangelico can be used to make many cocktails, such as the Hazelnut Martini, the Frangelico Colada, and Frangelico-and-Cranberry. It can be combined with vodka to make the chocolate cake shot; it can also be served simply; On the Rocks, with soda water, or with coffee.
According to the manufacturer, the name of the liqueur is based on a legend of a hermit named Fra Angelico who "created unique recipes for liqueurs." However, the bottle itself most closely resembles the habit of a Franciscan friar, while the liqueur's likely namesake, the famous painter Fra Angelico (d.1455), was a Dominican, whose robe would have been white and without the cincture.
Frangelico is made in a similar manner to some other nut liqueurs: nuts are crumbled up and combined with cocoa, vanilla berries, and other natural flavors, and then left to soak in the base spirit. After the spirit has absorbed the flavor of the ingredients, the liqueur is filtered, sweetened, and bottled.
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