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If you don’t know Frangelico as a hazelnut liqueur, odds are you know it as that weird-ass bottle that kinda looks like a monk”.

Though it was only released in the ’80s, the Italian-made liqueur has one of those elaborate backstories: monks in the Piedmont region had been making something similar to Frangelico for centuries, inspiring its particular blend of hazelnut, vanilla and cocoa flavors.

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Regardless of the true origin, Frangelico can be fun to experiment with in cocktails. Like many nutty, low-proof liqueurs, it’s quite sweet—but when you balance it out with more potent spirits, the sugar gets tempered a bit, and its pleasant hazelnut flavors come out. These drinks will taste a bit dessert-y, but it’s a still-plenty-boozy sort of dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 10 Boxes of Guylian Chocolate seashells
  • 3 parts hazelnut liqueur (frangelico)
  • 3 parts coffee liqueur (tia maria, kahlua)
  • 3 parts irish cream (bailey’s)
  • 6 parts fresh cream1 tbsp honey

Method

Blend with ice and serve in a tall glass.

Blender

Garnish with chocolate flakes and chocolate topping drizzled down the inside of the glass. Give it a chocolate rim. More chocolate. Chocolate everywhere.

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