As an antique tradition would have it, a tradition that to this day embraces all the countries of the Mediterranean basin, Italy too has its anise based national liqueur: Sambuca. It is a sweet and strong liqueur, containing essential oils obtained by steam distilling the seeds of star anise, which are soluble in pure alcohol. A concentrated solution of sugar and other natural aromas are added to this.
Already known and appreciated in ancient times for its therapeutic properties, the anise plant, originating from China, became widespread through the centuries in the countries of the Mediterranean coast, where it became widely used for preparing typical dishes and desserts. Above all, the oils obtained from anise were used by liqueur firms to produce a selection of liqueurs such as: French Pastis, Spanish Anis, Turkish Raki and Greek Ouzo.
The word Sambuca derives from the Arab word Zammut (= anise).The word "zammù" still exists in the Sicilian dialect, meaning an anise drink diluted with water.
typical of sambuca, has a very intense aroma.
sharp but well balanced, very rounded, with the anise taste persisting in the mouth.
- On the rocks
- "Con la mosca" (3 coffee beans in the glass)
- In several international cocktails
1998: International Wine and Spirit Competition- London: Gold medal in liqueur category 1999: Beverage Tasting Institute - USA: voted 90/100 in the "Buying Guide to Spirits".
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 - DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL as the Best Herbal Botanical Liqueur.
- Alcohol by Volume: 34.5%
- Standard Drinks: 12
- Volume: 700mls
- Country of Origin: Italy
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