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The Frangelico Affogato ice cream dessert is not only elegant, but delicious. It doesn’t have to be served in a cocktail glass, but it makes the presentation so much more desirable than a regular glass or bowl. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I would suggest dusting the top of the ice cream with cocoa powder. Chocolate complements both hazelnut liqueur and coffee. Place an almond biscotti on the side of the plate with a few strawberries and you’ll have dessert heaven!
1 to 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
1 ounce Espresso Coffee
1-1/4 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
Place ice cream in an 8 ounce martini glass. Pour Frangelico and Espresso over the ice cream just before serving.
Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Tasting Notes
Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur runs thin, but bathes the taste buds with irresistible flavor. Hazelnut is obvious, but there are other subtle flavors. Vanilla is apparent with fainter hints of coffee, chocolate and perhaps a bit of citrus.
The color reminds me a little of liquid gold.
Some may enjoy this neat or on the rocks, but it’s a little too sweet for me to do that. I prefer mixing with it. It’s wonderful in hot chocolate and coffee with cream. It also adds to the flavor of this decadent German Chocolate Cake Cocoa. It’s also the basis for fun chocolate cake birthday shots like this one.
I have one minor issue with the bottle. If any excess liqueur is not wiped completely from the rim or threads at the top of the bottle, they dry and crystalize causing the lid to stick. The lid insert sometimes sticks to the bottle while the outside part of the lid turns and turns going nowhere. We’ve had to resort to pliers a few times to get the lid off the bottle. This isn’t a deal breaker of course, but a reminder to keep things clean. Wipe the bottle top and rinse the lid after ever use and this won’t be a problem.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.