Hazelnut Liqueur

Why should kids have all of the fun at Christmas!? We’ve got a recipe just for the big kids (adults) with this delicious Hazelnut Liqueur. It’s refreshing, great for entertaining or even as a gift. Although we do recommend making double if gifting because you won’t be able to part ways without giving it a try and once you do, you’ll need a new gift!

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Makes: Approx. 625 ml
Preparation Time: 40 minutes     Cooking Time: 20 minutes     Standing Time: 5-6 weeks

3 x 175g JC’s Natural Hazelnuts, roughly chopped
375mls vodka
375mls brandy
1/2 cup raw caster sugar
1/2 cup water
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise


  • Place the chopped nuts onto an oven tray and bake at 160°C for 12-15 minutes or until golden and toasted. Allow to cool.
  • Combine in a large jar/s the hazelnuts, vodka, and brandy. Seal and store for 4 weeks, shaking occasionally.
  • Combine the sugar, water and vanilla beans in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool then add to the hazelnut and alcohol mixture. Shake well. Stand a further week.
  • Strain the liqueur through a fine sieve to remove the nuts and vanilla(reserve the nuts). Sieve again for a second time through a coffee filter or fine paper towel placed in the sieve (this will take a while). Decant into sterilised serving bottles. Refrigerate and use as required.


  • A deliciously refreshing way to use your new Hazelnut Liqueur: Fill a glass with ice. Add some sliced lime and a good squeeze of lime juice. Pour over the liqueur and top with a little soda water. Give a little stir and enjoy. Awesome for Christmas Day!
  • If making the Hazelnut Liqueur as a gift, package in cellophane bags, add a cute tag and decorate Festive!
  • Using the leftover hazelnuts: Place  the hazelnuts onto a lined tray, dry off in the oven 160°C for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly then store in an airtight container. Toss through a Chocolate Fudge, Ice Cream, Brownie , Rocky Road or add to your favourite Christmas Fruit Cake or Pudding recipe..

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