Review: Fratello Hazelnut Liqueur

Fratello Liqueur PhotoHazelnut doesn’t get a lot of love in the cocktailverse (Frangelico is pretty much your only choice), or in the world at large, outside of Nutella, anyway.

The Italian Fratello Liqueur is created at the Francoli Distillery in Piedmont. It’s made from toasted Piemonte hazelnuts that are infused with cocoa, vanilla berries, and elderflowers. Local acacia honey is added as a sweetener. The nose is huge — surprisingly authentic toasted hazelnut character, with a touch of chocolate cookie sweetness underneath. The honey comes across on the finish, something in the vein of a Nutella and honey sandwich. The body is big and powerful, despite the relatively low proof level, and the impact of the flavor is long and lasting.

On its own, it’s a bit much. As a shot to add in a coffee or cocoa drink, I’d say go for it. But my guess is its true calling is a different one, one that involves baked goods. Report back with your findings.

40 proof.

B+ / $24 /

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3 Responses

  1. Mick April 23, 2016 / 1:05 am

    Absolutely delicious straight over ice , a really enjoyable drink , don’t know what the base is but seems like whisky ? But the hazelnut flavour is strong but still smooth and soft.
    One of my favourites

  2. Tim November 25, 2016 / 5:46 am

    Mix it half and half with RumChata and it tastes just like cinnamon toast crunch ceriel, very good

  3. Sean July 30, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Equal parts chocolate infused vodka, Fratello and Gozio. Add splash of cream.

    On a hot day add that to a blender with ice. Oh look, it is a hot day today…

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