Hailing from the days when we didn’t really need a base spirit for our cocktails, the Friar Tuck is all about the liqueurs. That being said, if my wife ever sees this drink on a menu she’ll be all over it. Cream, chocolate, nuts? It’s basically like drinking Nutella, without the palm oil.
The name of the drink is pretty clearly derived from the design of the Frangelico bottle. The hazelnut liqueur is made by Monks and the bottle reflects that, complete with a rope belt. I can’t believe how many people don’t notice this blatant design and are shocked when I tell them.
“According to the legend, its origins date back more than 300 years to the presence of Christian monks living in the hills of the Piedmont region of northern Italy.
Their skills in fine food and drinks included the art of distilling, especially the use of the wild hazelnuts and other precious ingredients to create liquor recipes such as the one on which Frangelico is based today.
Its name is also part of the same local legend – an abbreviation of Fra’ Angelico, a hermit monk believed to have inhabited the magnificent Piedmont hills during the 18th century.”
Friar Tuck Cocktail Recipe
- 1oz Dark creme de cacao
- 1oz Frangelico
- 1oz half & half
Shake with ice and double strain into a chilled coupe glass, garnish with grated nutmeg.
Want to take the Friar Tuck up a notch? A dash of saline solution will make the flavours pop. All about that chocolate? A dash of chocolate bitters will reenforce the flavour without over sweetening the drink.