Frangelico is a brand of noisette (hazelnut) and herb-flavored liqueur (coloured with caramel coloring) which is produced in Canale, Italy. It is 20% alcohol by volume, 40 proof. Formerly, it was 24% alcohol by volume, 48 proof. It was released in the 1980s, gaining attention largely because of its unusual packaging: its bottle was designed to look like a friar, complete with a knotted white cord around the waist. 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 Juice. It can be combined with vodka to make the Chocolate Cake shot; it can also be served simply on ice, 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.
Frangelico has been submitted to at least three spirit ratings organizations. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Beverage Testing Institute, and Wine Enthusiast have generally awarded favorable reviews to the spirit. Proof66, which aggregates ratings information from the expert review bodies, categorizes Frangelico as a "Tier 2" spirit, which places it in its "Highly Recommended" category.
Appearances in media
The artist Jeff Koons reproduced two Frangelico advertisements, "Stay in Tonight" and "Find a Quiet Table", in his 1986 Luxury & Degradation series of paintings and sculptures based on the role of alcohol in culture. According to Koons he used the Frangelico ads to "defin[e] a $45,000 and up income", in contrast to other works in the series which correspond to lower income levels.
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