Nuts and Berries Cocktail

Nuts and Berries Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
979 Calories
58g Fat
68g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 979
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 887mg 68%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1303mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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. But there's no need to go out to enjoy this drink 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 delicious combination found in the popular PB&J shooter (sometimes called "nuts and berries"). This 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.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces hazelnut liqueur (like Frangelico)

  • 1 1/2 ounces black raspberry liqueur (like Chambord)

  • 2 to 3 ounces milk, or cream or half-and-half, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Nuts and Berries Cocktail

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  2. Fill a chilled double old-fashioned glass with ice, and pour the hazelnut and raspberry liqueurs.

    Pouring the hazelnut and raspberry liqueurs

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  3. Stir well.

    Stirring the cocktail

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  4. Top with the milk, cream, or half-and-half. Stir again.

    Top with the milk, cream, or half-and-half

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  5. Serve and enjoy.

    Nuts and Berries Cocktail

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Tips

  • 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.
  • You can also enjoy this as a shot; simply eliminate the dairy and pour the liqueurs into a shot 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?

Pouring as much or as little dairy as you like 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).