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Sambuca is a colorless Italian liqueur. Some are called white sambuca to differentiate from black sambuca (a deep blue in color), or red sambuca.
It is flavored with oils from anise, star anise, liquorice, elderflowers, and other spices.
It is often bottled at 42% ABV (Alcohol by volume).
There are a few believed stories behind the history of this drink:
1- Sambuca comes from Zammut, an Aribic word for Anise flavored drink that was coming to port by ships from the East.
2- Oxford dictionary - The term comes from Latin, Sambucus meaning "elderberry".
3- The Greek word sambuca was first used for an elderberry liquor created about 130 years ago in Civitavecchia.
the first commercial version of the drink was sold in 1800 in Civitavecchia. In 1945 after the second world war, someone else started producing sambuca and helped raise
the popularity of the drink throughout Italy. A common way to drink it is to put a coffee bean on the bottom of the glass to eat after the drink.


Antica Cuba: 2 oz Antica Sambuca Classic, One Squeeze of an orange slice, Coca Cola.
Build over ice, top with Coca-Cola, garnish with an orange, stir.

The Conqueror: 2 oz Antica Sambuca Black, Cranberry Juice.
Build over ice, stir, garnish with a fresh lime slice.

Crema di Caffe: 1 oz Antica Classic, ½ oz Appleton Jamaica Special, ½ oz Café Boheme, 1 oz milk or cream.
Shake all over ice, strain into a martini glass.

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