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The Merry Friar

The Merry Friar



I love eggnog; always have and am certain I always will. I’ve been pouring a bit in my morning coffee the last few days as I’ve finally got some holiday decorations up and am getting ‘into the spirit’ and nothing quite speaks to me of Christmas like eggnog. Especially eggnog with a bit of a kick. It’s good in coffee but it’s better with booze!


Every year about this time I start thinking about what kind of eggnog cocktail I’ll make. It’s a lot like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving; I want to create a new recipe and have a new libation, not one I’ve already done before. Because of my passion for coffee and eggnog in the morning I thought it would be fun to do a cocktail with some caffeine too; just a little bit. Not enough to wonder why I’m still awake at 3am but enough to boost the flavor profile I was looking for.

Merry Friar - Frangelico, Eggnog, vodka and Hazelnut Syrup - Creative Culinary

Maybe somewhat prophetically I was asked if I was interested in doing a post featuring product from Madhava celebrating Healthier Holidays with MadhavaI was able to choose the products I wanted to sample and couldn’t help but find the coffee syrups appealing. Not just for this recipe but because I do love to treat myself occasionally and since moving I’m no longer blocks from a Starbucks so that means something from my own pantry. Beyond these syrups I was pretty impressed by the lineup of products that Madhava has using organic natural sweeteners including:


The Merry Friar
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Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 1 oz Frangelico Liqueur
  • 1 oz cold espresso or coffee
  • 1 oz Madhava Hazelnut Coffee Syrup
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 6 oz eggnog
  • Nutmeg for garnish
  1. Combine Frangelico, coffee, the hazelnut coffee syrup and vodka in a pitcher or shaker with ice and stir or shake until cold.
  2. Pour into ice filled cocktail glasses and top with eggnog. Stir.
  3. Dust with nutmeg.
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