When it comes to winter liqueurs, if they drink it in the Alps, that’s good enough for us. So today, we’re diving into the delicious, snow-day-friendly world of walnut liqueurs — specifically, our favorite, Nux Alpina from Austria.
Known as nocino in Italian, noix in French and Nüsse in German, walnut liqueur is traditionally made from fresh, green walnuts, which are steeped in an alcohol base, then spiced and sweetened. Nux Alpina in particular is smooth and drinkable enough to enjoy on its own after dinner; it’s sweet, but balanced with nutty and warm-spice and botanical elements. And all those interlocking flavors play well in cocktails, too. Here are three of our favorites.
Easy: Cognac-Walnut Sour
Nux Alpina is made by steeping walnuts in grape brandy — so a distinctive aged grape brandy, like Cognac, pairs perfectly. Take those two delicious bottles, marry them in a classic sour, and don’t leave out the Angostura, which brings out all the warm-spice elements of the liqueur.