The nuts and berries cocktail is a delightful and delicious drink. A creamy mix with the sweet taste of hazelnut and raspberry liqueurs, it has been served in bars for many years. There's no need to go out to enjoy it because it's very easy to make at home.
In this recipe, the nutty flavor comes from the hazelnut liqueur, Frangelico, and the berry is added with a shot of Chambord, which has a sweet black raspberry taste. It is the same yummy combination found in the popular PB&J shooter (sometimes also called "nuts and berries"). That sweet mix is topped with your choice of cream, milk, or half and half. The result is a charming, low-proof cocktail that's perfect for happy hour or dessert. It's also a popular treat for the holiday season.
- Ice cubes
- 1 1/2 ounces hazelnut liqueur
- 1 1/2 ounces raspberry liqueur
- 2 to 3 ounces milk (or cream or half and half)
Gather the ingredients.
Fill a chilled double old-fashioned glass with ice.
Build the ingredients by first pouring in the hazelnut liqueur.
Add the raspberry liqueur to the glass.
Top with the milk, cream, or half and half.
Serve and enjoy.
- While Frangelico and Chambord are the most common choices for this drink, you can substitute them with other raspberry and hazelnut liqueurs. The two brands happen to be the most popular of their respective flavor categories so they're often stocked in bars and easy to find in nearly any liquor store.
- Choose the dairy product according to your taste. Typically, dairy drinks served on the rocks are better with a heavier option such as cream because the ice will dilute it as you drink. Whole or 2 percent milk would be preferred over lighter options. Half and half is the middle ground; it's not too light or rich but adds a nice creaminess.
- The nuts and berries cocktail is also excellent with dairy alternatives. Almond milk is one of the best options and ramps up the drink's nuttiness in a delightful way.
- For a martini version, pour 1 ounce of each ingredient into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Add 1 ounce of raspberry vodka to the martini and you have a cocktail that's also called the PB&J. Take it further and add 1 ounce of banana liqueur for a PB&J with bananas.
- Amaretto is a nice substitute for a hazelnut liqueur, though not quite as nutty.
- No milk or cream in the fridge? Pour Irish cream or another cream liqueur like RumChata instead,
- If you prefer to skip the fruit, mix up a nutty Irishman. It can be served as a shot, on the rocks, or in a hot coffee cocktail.
How Strong Is a Nuts and Berries?
You can pour as much or as little dairy as you like and that will affect how strong the drink is, though it's almost always a relatively mild cocktail. For instance, if you pour 3 ounces of milk, the drink will weigh in around 9 percent alcohol by volume (18 proof).