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FNM Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Shares 3 Essential Entertaining Ideas

When it comes to fantastic Italian fare and clever entertaining ideas, nobody can hold a candle to Giada De Laurentiis. And now, thanks to her partnership with Frangelico, Giada has more great recipes and ideas than ever.

We caught up with Giada during a recent stop in Brooklyn to learn her top tips on throwing a great get-together, which of course started with her favorite cocktail ideas.

"I think it's really fun to use a sweet, nutty liqueur — a hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico — in cocktails, but also desserts," says Giada, explaining that she's particularly fond of a drink called the Frizzante (recipe below), and how she uses Frangelico in everything from soufflés to tiramisus at her restaurant in Vegas.

Giada also spilled a few other entertaining do's and don'ts (mostly do's) concerning how you should build your menu, what kind of decorations to use, and even how to serve a dinner that will keep guests gabbing.

Watch the video above to learn her secrets, then keep reading for the recipe to Giada's fizzy Frizzante.

The Frizzante

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Frangelico
  • 2 parts sparkling water
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • Ice

Directions:

  • Pour Frangelico over ice and top with sparkling water. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top, stir and serve.