Nuts & Berries

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Cocktail History

The Nuts & Berries is a dessert cocktail of unknown origin that was created sometime during the 1900s. Traditionally popular around the holidays, this classic version by author Jassy Davis was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter and calls for a simple blend of hazelnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and cream with a hint of nutmeg.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon Cream Liqueur: This is a type of spirit made with bourbon whiskey, cream, and baking spices. We used Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream Liqueur because it has a silky texture and bold flavor with notes of caramel and and vanilla. For a mocktail version of this drink, try heavy cream in place of the liqueur.

Hazelnut Liqueur: This is a type of spirit made with toasted hazelnuts, vanilla, baking spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Frangelico because it has a unique sweet and nutty flavor with notes of cocoa. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Hazelnut Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Raspberry Liqueur: This is a type of spirit made with raspberries, sugar, and alcohol. We used Chambord because it has a deep and rich berry flavor with notes of brandy, vanilla, citrus, and spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the garnish. It adds nutmeg aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Nuts & Berries starts with the scents of raspberry and earthy hazelnut and has a silky texture that seamlessly blends the Frangelico’s nutty and chocolatey flavor with Chambord’s bright raspberry notes as they chase each other all the way into the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this drink was amazing even though it’s another extremely simple concoction; Kendall pointed out that it tastes kind of like fruity cereal milk. Even if that doesn’t sound super appealing to you, give this fall cocktail a try at least once.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Though simple in its execution, this drink tastes fantastic. The hazelnut and raspberry pair well, while the half & half lends its creaminess and silky texture to the cocktail. There isn’t honestly a ton to say about it because of how few tricks it has up its sleeve (the entire ingredient list is practically in the name, after all), but it is a dang fine dessert drink that is perfect for a festive time of the year.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The Nuts & Berries was our first dessert drink tasting this fall, and we picked one heck of a tasty recipe with which to kick off the season. It’s hard not to enjoy this simple cocktail since it’s just cream sweetened with two hazelnut and berry-flavored liqueurs. This is a really random comparison , but its blend of flavors reminded me of the way milk tastes after you’ve eaten all of the cereal out of the bowl… That might not sound appetizing, but it’s quite tasty in cocktail form. If you like creamy dessert drinks, this is worth trying!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
$10.39

AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz Bourbon Cream Liqueur
 1 ½ oz Hazelnut Liqueur
 1 ½ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add bourbon cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz Bourbon Cream Liqueur
 1 ½ oz Hazelnut Liqueur
 1 ½ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add bourbon cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Nuts & Berries

Make It a Mocktail: Use heavy cream in place of the bourbon cream liqueur, Monin Non-Alcoholic Hazelnut Syrup in place of the hazelnut liqueur, and Monin Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Syrup in place of the raspberry liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Autumn Cocktails

If you like this autumn cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that are similar that you may enjoy:

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Pumpkin Spiced Russian: A vodka cocktail made with coffee liqueur, milk, caramel sauce, pumpkin spice syrup, and a cinnamon stick

Pumpkin Cider Cocktail Recipe

Pumpkin Cider: An apple brandy and rum cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin cubes, butter, sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg

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