Sambuca Shots Recipe

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Sambuca Shots Recipe

There’s still a few people who don’t know how to drink sambuca, the sweet liqueur flavored with anise. Use it in place of a simple syrup as the sweet component in sours and fizzes, or drink it neat or with a splash of water. Sambuca can also be made into cocktails, used with interesting mixers to enhance the licorice flavor profile. The drink is typically served as a digestif at the end of a meal to aid digestion. The liqueur has a clear color and primarily contains anise. Sambuca is typically enjoyed as a digestif after dinner.

History of Sambuca Shots

The sambuca, now that it is usually associated with flaming shots, was once regarded as a symbol of “La Dolce Vita” during the 1950s and 1960s in Italy. It is notable that the etymology of sambuca is debated a great deal. As a matter of fact, its name may have been derived from the Latin word for “elderberry”. Nonetheless, elderberry is not necessarily an ingredient in sambuca despite its occasional appearance. First commercially produced in Italy in 1851 by Luigi Manzi, sambuca was a product of this country. Adding that it was good after meals and named after the “sambuchelli” watermen who worked between Ischia island and Naples, the winemaker said it was fine anisette.

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The strength of Sambuca Shots Recipe is 5 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Sambuca Shots Recipe is 160 per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Sambuca Shots Recipe is 2 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Bar Spoon


  • Brandy Snifter

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 2 Ounces Sambuca
  • 3 Coffee beans

Steps to Make It

  • Place a block of ice inside the glass and use a bar spoon to stir a couple of times.
  • Discard the ice.
  • Pour sambuca into snifter and float coffee beans on top. Serve.

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