and information about this famous liqueur drink
Information about the Sambuca Liqueur
The alcoholic drink Sambuca is an anise-flavored liqueur, produced by
the infusion of white petals of the elderberry flower, sweetened with
sugar and enhanced with a secret combination of herbs and spices with a
distinctive licorice taste. It is less sweet and higher in alcohol content than other anise-flavored
liqueurs, such as Anisette, and has the the flavor of black licorice.
The name 'Sambuca' originates from the scientific name for the Common
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety
of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The
word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere'
which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs
List of Recipes
which contain Sambuca
Anise is also used in anise-flavored liqueurs such as
Absinthe, Raki and Arak. These particular drinks contain no sugar and are thus
flavored liquors rather than liqueurs. Anise is the dominant ingredient
used in the notorious absinthe drink which is banned in most countries.
It is also used in soft drinks such as root beer. Sambuca is an Italian
liqueur which is also flavored with anise and the elderberry. The
Sambuca liqueur in these drink recipes can be
substituted with Pernod, Ouzo or
Anisette. Click any of the following links on the list for recipes which contain
this famous liqueur:
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients!
These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts,
roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the
main ingredients of Sambuca together with other info about this famous
Main ingredients of Sambuca - Aniseed from the anise plant and the
white petals of the elderberry flower
Country of origin - Italy
Color - Clear
background information about Sambuca
Additional background information about Sambuca:
The small white flowers of the anise plant bloom in mid-summer and
are followed by tiny liquorice-flavored fruits called aniseed
Sambuca Liqueur has the the flavor of liquorice
Sambuca comes in two varieties - Black and White
First produced in the 1800s by the Molinari family in the area of
Civitavecchia, the nearest port to Rome
drink first originated in Asia
White sambuca has a more aniseed taste than the black variety and is
usually not as thick and syrupy.
A flaming Sambuca is made
by lighting the white drink in a shot glass and allowing it to burn with
a small blue flame. The flame is then extinguished by placing the palm
of the hand over the top of the glass. This results in the flame
being extinguished and the glass sticking to the hand due to suction.
The flaming zambuca drink is then consumed whilst still warm.
Black sambuca has a more distinctive liquorice taste than the white
variety and is quite thick and syrupy. The black variety is more
difficult to set fire to and when it is eventually lit it tends to burn
a lot hotter.
How to serve
the Sambuca Coconut Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in
nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different
flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Sambuca, an
extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:
Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at
the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and
served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
Served with coffee
Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some
really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Italian tradition serves the drink with with 3 to 4 coffee beans
floating on the surface which is called Sambuca con mosca (literally
meaning "with flies"). The liqueur is then lit which "roasts" the
beans and infuses the liqueur with the coffee flavor.
Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how
bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails?
They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by
'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an
inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This
creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored
liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials,
which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup
like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a
non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Proportions of ingredients in Sambuca cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use
the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original
Sambuca cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or
even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a
cocktail! The following simple guidelines
will also help with the different quantities referred to in other
1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
equals 1 oz
1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml
1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml
drink is often mis-spelled as Zambuca, Sambucca, Zambucca and Samboca.