hazelnut liqueur in shot glasses on a silver tray with whole hazelnuts and a bottle in the background

Polish Hazelnut Liqueur (Nalewkę z Orzechów Laskowych)

  • Author: polishhousewife
  • Prep Time: 6 weeks
  • Total Time: 6 weeks
  • Yield: approx. .75 liter
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: steeping
  • Cuisine: Polish


A Polish hazelnut liqueur, similar to Frangelico but not as sweet



  • 25 hazelnuts, shelled, and chopped
  • .75 liter bottle of vodka
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want your liqueur)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, scrape seeds from pod
  • 2 whole allspice berries


  1. Add chopped hazelsnuts to a large container (that can be sealed) with the vodka, sugar, vanilla bean pod and seeds (I had 1/2  a vanilla bean pod that had already been scraped in a jar of sugar, I used  this pod and vanilla sugar in this recipe, it may be why my tincture is lighter than some others) and allspice
  2. Seal and shake or swirl the container everyday until the sugar dissolves
  3. After 6 – 8 weeks, strain out the chopped hazelnuts and vanilla pod, the mixture may be a little cloudy, let it sit for 4 – 5 days, very fine bits will settle to the bottom leaving you with a beautifully clear liqueur, carefully decant to a new container or siphen out with a turkey baster


Additional options you may want to include one or two of these:

  • zest of a lemon
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardomom pods
  • cinnamon stick
  • zest of an orange

Keywords: Polish Hazelnut Liqueur (Nalewkę z Orzechów Laskowych)