If you’re looking for some of the all-time best Frangelico cocktail recipes, you’ve come to the right place!
Whether you have a sweet tooth and love decadent cocktails or you prefer your drinks on the lighter, drier side of the spectrum, these Frangelico cocktails are easy to make, beyond delicious, and always please a crowd.
What Is Frangelico?
Frangelico is a sweet Italian liqueur made with hazelnuts, cocoa, and vanilla berries that first entered the market in 1978.
Many can spot Frangelico from a mile away thanks to its super distinctive bottle that’s shaped like a monk’s habit. (It even has a little white rope belt around its waist to complete the look!) The name and bottle shape are both a reference to Fra’ Angelico, a hermit monk who created unique liqueurs in 18th century Northern Italy.
Frangelico sits at just 20% ABV, so it’s on the lighter side of the spectrum as far as sweet liqueurs go. As far as price, a 750ml bottle of Frangelico costs around $30 in the States depending on where you live, and you can easily find it at any local liquor store or online.
It’s the most well-known nut liqueur brand on the market, and for good reason — it’s really tasty for a great price!
What Does Frangelico Taste Like?
Frangelico pours a light amber color and has aromas of sweet roasted hazelnuts with a hint of mocha.
It has a smooth and lightly syrupy texture, which makes it great for drizzling on top of ice cream!
When you take a sip, it tastes a LOT like it smells. You’ll get strong notes of sweet roasted hazelnuts, mocha, vanilla bean, and a little bit of citrus.
The finish is clean with a nutty sweetness that lingers pleasantly on the palate.
Substitutes for Frangelico
The best substitutes for Frangelico are other nut liqueurs, and the following are what I would recommend!
Disaronno: Tastewise, the number one substitute for Frangelico is Disaronno Amaretto, which is an Italian almond liqueur. Disaronno is a little bit darker and stronger than Frangelico at 28% ABV, but it has very similar nutty and sweet flavors.
Nocello: Another great substitute for Frangelico is the Italian walnut liqueur Nocello. Nocello is also a bit darker and stronger than Frangelico and has a more bitter finish, but it’s still sweet and nutty with notes of vanilla and chocolate.
Aside from the above substitutes, you should be able to find other hazelnut-flavored liqueurs at your local liquor store from big brands like DeKuyper.
What Can You Mix With Frangelico?
While Frangelico is delicious on its own straight up or on the rocks, it’s also a super versatile cocktail ingredient!
Thanks to its hazelnut flavor, Frangelico goes with pretty much any mixer that pairs well with nuts, as well as most hard liquors. Some popular mixers used with Frangelico are the following:
Starting off, we have a simple but delicious Frangelico Sour! Ingredients are just Frangelico, egg white, and lime juice. Shake them all up together and you have a lightly sweet, tart, and incredibly drinkable sour!
Here's another more unique take on the Frangelico Sour! It has all of the same ingredients as the above recipe, but adds in bourbon plus two other fun twists that totally change the taste and smell of the drink.
The first is adding a sage leaf as a garnish for extra aromatics. Then, you put Scotch in a spray bottle and add a spritz or two to the final cocktail, which adds smokiness and nuance. It also uses Peychaud's bitters to add a pop of red.
This cocktail is perfect for any coffee lovers in the room! It's equal parts Frangelico, espresso, Kahlua, and vodka.
While martini purists will insist this isn't an actual martini, which are just made with gin or vodka and vermouth, I'm perfectly fine with breaking the rules and this sounds incredibly tasty! (PS: on that note, prepare for more "martinis" on this list 😂) .
Who doesn't love a good riff on an Old Fashioned? If you're not familiar with the classic cocktail, it's made with sugar, bitters, and whiskey with an orange twist or cherry garnish.
This variation of an Old Fashioned uses Frangelico for sweetness instead of sugar, alongside whiskey, mole bitters, and Angostura bitters. Perfect for sipping next to a fire place when it's cold outside!
If you love Hot Toddies and hazelnut, this recipe is truly the best of both worlds! The base of the cocktail, which makes four servings, is a half cup each of Frangelico and bourbon. From there, you just need pantry staples like water, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
I know this is technically a shot instead of a cocktail, but it's SO good and unexpected that I had to include it. Trust me when I say this shot will blow your mind. First off, there's actually no chocolate or chocolate flavoring in it, but it tastes exactly like a german chocolate cake.
Somehow it achieves this flavor with only Frangelico, vanilla vodka, and lemon. If you don't believe me, try it yourself and you're welcome in advance.
On the subject of chocolate, this is the easiest AND best Frangelico hot chocolate recipe I've ever had. You just need a packet of your favorite instant hot chocolate, milk of your choice, and Frangelico. Top it all off with some whipped cream for the ultimate winter or holiday treat! It doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious, people!
This cocktail is a very loose riff on a White Russian, which is a classic cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. This variation subs out the coffee liqueur for Frangelico and ditches the vodka for a much lighter but equally decadent cocktail.
Here's another deliciously decadent cocktail for the holidays! It's essentially a dolled up version of eggnog made with Frangelico, coffee, hazelnut coffee syrup, vodka, and pre-made eggnog. So it's as easy to make as it is tasty and wouldn't add any extra stress to your plate during the holiday season!
A mojito with Frangelico might sound strange, but I swear it works! The Frangelico adds a little bit of sweetness and goes so well with the mint and lime. The only other two ingredients needed are rum and soda water. Simple, refreshing, and a fun twist on a classic!
Champagne and Frangelico is another unexpected combination that has no right being as good as it is! The only 3 ingredients you need to make it are Frangelico, sparkling wine, and a twist of lemon. Would be perfect for New Years or if you just want to add a little extra something to your bubbles!
A drinkable version of a PB&J is everything I ever dreamed of in my adult life. And the best part is you only need 3 ingredients to make this glass of pure happiness! Shake up Frangelico, Chambord, and Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey in a shaker with ice, pour, and serve with a tiny PB&J garnish if you're feeling extra festive.
This drinkable boozy dessert is such a great after dinner treat! Ingredients are Frangelico, ice cream, creme de cacao, milk, chocolate syrup, and of course whipped cream. You genuinely can never go wrong with Frangelico and ice cream, so you know this cocktail is beyond delish.
This cocktail is made up of exclusively Italian liqueurs and is a riff on a Negroni. It's made with Frangelico, Campari, Limoncello, and lemon juice. So it's going to have a super unique flavor that's a little bitter, nutty, and citrusy all at once.
And that’s all, folks! Which of these Frangelico cocktails is calling your name? Now that it’s getting chilly in North Carolina, I’m excited for ALL the hot cocktails and will definitely be making a batch of the Nutty Irishman. YUMMMM.
If you have a fave cocktail recipe with Frangelico, please let me know in the comment section below so I can give it a try 🙂