I have yet to find a mixology book that I would recommend to anyone. Sure, the Mr. Boston's guide owns the title the "Bartender's Bible" and it deserves it. Just about every bar has one kept somewhere behind the bar and just about every bartender has relied on it occasionally to make an Iron Curtain or an Angel's Tip or some other classic drink that no one born in the last 50 years still drinks. And sure, it teaches you how to make a Sex on the Beach and possibly even a mojito, but as far as I know you're on your own when it comes to a caipirinha or many of the shots we pour every night. Mr. Boston's is a classic guide, but it's got a few cobwebs.
So, every Thirsty Thursday I'm going to trot out a drink recipe to share. And for the first week, we're starting with a favorite shot of mine called Nuts In Your Mouth. Go ahead and make the obvious joke and let's move on. I'll wait. Nuts In Your Mouth is equal parts Frangelico and Chambord with a splash of cream. That simple. "Equal parts" here means about 3/4 oz., or just less than a shot - (skip the graduated cylinder and just eyeball it.)
The name comes from the type of liqueur used to make it. Frangelico is a hazelnut liqueur you may recognize - it's the big Aunt Jemima looking bottle. And Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur made in France - it's the little globe shaped bottle with a gold belt and crown. Both of these bottles can retail around $25-30 each. If you're making them at home, you can get away with using Raspberry Schnapps if you want to save a few bucks, but don't skip on the Frangelico. It's truly one-of-a-kind. And it's fantastic.
I always pour them big, and usually serve them three at a time. And make whatever jokes seem (in)appropriate.
This is a great "Hey bartender, I don't know what I want, pour me something good" kind of shot. It's not particularly strong, but people don't seem to care. They just had your nuts in their mouth.