Hazelnut Bourbon Recipe

  • Easy

Autumn is the perfect time to forage for hazelnuts, and there's no better way to use them than to make your own hedgerow booze. Here's how to make hazelnut bourbon, and the recipe for a hazelnut manhattan

Hazelnut manhattan

Whether you forage for hazelnuts or buy them in the shop, use them in this hazelnut bourbon recipe and you’ll have the perfect autumnal drink.

If you do decide to forage your own hazelnuts, they will need roasting. To do this, shell them and roast them for 25 mins in a warm oven at 140°C until the skins become papery. Allow them to cool, then rub the skins off and roughly chop the nuts.

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For the hazelnut bourbon

  • Hazelnuts 400g, roasted and chopped
  • Bourbon 500ml

To make the manhattan

  • Hazelnut bourbon 2 parts
  • Italian sweet vermouth 1 part
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Ice


First, make the hazelnut bourbon

  • Step 1

    Place the roasted hazelnuts and bourbon in a jar for three days, before filtering and decanting the mixture. Best consumed within six months.

To make the manhattan

  • Step 1

    Mix the hazelnut bourbon and sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker.

  • Step 2

    Add four dashes of Angostura Bitters.

  • Step 3

    Pour over ice and serve.

Recipe by Andy Hamilton