The first batch I made was technically what they call “Nutellino“, which is essentially Nutella liqueur. It was fast and easy to make and the recepients (friend S and brother E) proclaimed the drink “super yummy”.
But I suppose I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I went on to look for a “from-scratch” recipe… and this is what i found. It was not exactly what I had in mind – I was looking for something creamy… a consistency similar to Irish cream… so I started to experiment a little.
First I did away with using cocoa powder. I melted bittersweet chocolate (62%) with milk and a bit of cream. After cooling, I added toasted hazelnuts and vodka and steeped everything for a month, after which I strained the mixture and used a decorative bottle.
I loved the texture – it was creamy, sweet, nutty, chocolate-y!
The picture shows the third batch I made, which was intended for hubby’s friends. The bottle is actually a plastic water bottle which hubby preferred to a decorative glass bottle, saying that after drinking the liqueur, the water bottle can be reused as a carry-on water bottle by his friends!