Licor 43 is considered the world’s most versatile liqueur, a drink originating from Spain with herbal notes and hints of vanilla. This cocktail embraces the complexity of Licor 43 and adds intriguing layers with citrus, espresso, and rich rum.
Licor 43 has been around for decades. Its number 43 refers to the blend of 43 ingredients, including fruit and spices, to create a balanced liqueur. This is the perfect cocktail for dinner parties, social gatherings, or when you want to impress someone with your mixology skills.
The combination of orange and espresso may sound strange, but its flavor experience is considered by many to be remarkable.
Licor 43 Recipe
- Cocktail shaker
- Rocks glass
- Measuring jigger
- 40 ml Licor 43 Replacement: Tuaca or a vanilla liqueur
- 10 ml Plantation Overproof Rum Replacement: Any other overproof rum
- 25 ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
- 15 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 20 ml Freshly made espresso Replacement: Strong brewed coffee
- Place a rock glass in the freezer to chill.
- Pour 40 ml Licor 43 into the cocktail shaker.40 ml Licor 43
- Add 10 ml of Plantation Overproof Rum to the shaker.10 ml Plantation Overproof Rum
- Include 25 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice and 15 ml of lemon juice.25 ml Freshly squeezed orange juice, 15 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add 20 ml of freshly made espresso to the mix.20 ml Freshly made espresso
- Ice down the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-12 seconds.
- Add fresh ice, and strain the shaken mixture into the chilled rocks glass.
- Add a sprig of mint and a dehydrated orange slice for garnish.
Pro Tips for Success
- Use fresh juices whenever possible for a more vibrant flavor.
- Shake well to integrate all the flavors properly.
- There is no need to add sugar; the Licor 43 already provides a sweet base.
- Calories: Approx. 220 kcal
- Sugars: Approx. 12g
- Carbohydrates: Approx. 15g
- Protein: Less than 1g
- Fat: 0g
What does Licor 43 taste like?
Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect when sipping:
- Initial Impressions: The first sip delivers a smooth, luscious wave of vanilla and herbal notes from the Licor 43, setting the stage for what will come.
- Citrus Burst: The freshly squeezed orange and lemon juices inject a citrusy burst that livens up the palate. This citrus note creates a harmonious balance with the herbal and vanilla tones.
- Espresso Elevator: Adding fresh espresso provides an earthy depth and bitterness, introducing a mature complexity. The coffee flavors offer a remarkable pairing with the citrus elements.
- Warmth and Spice: The overproof rum kicks in with a warm, spicy undertone, elevating the cocktail to a more spirited dimension. It complements the Licor 43 and espresso exceptionally well.
- Finish: The cocktail leaves you with a lingering touch of sweetness and complexity, with a satisfying finish that makes you eager for the next sip.
- Overall Complexity: The combination of citrus, vanilla, herbal notes, espresso, and the potent kick from the overproof rum results in a drink that is rich, multifaceted, and undeniably intriguing.
How long does Licor 43 last once opened?
The general rule of thumb for opened bottles of liqueurs like Licor 43 is that they should be consumed within 6 months for optimal flavor and quality.
Here are some additional tips to help prolong its shelf life:
- Storage: Store the bottle in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. While it doesn’t necessarily need to be refrigerated, keeping it in a cool environment can help preserve its flavors.
- Sealing: Always seal the cap or cork to prevent oxidation and evaporation.
- Visual Check: If you notice any changes in color, smell, or taste, it’s a sign that the liqueur has degraded.
- Decanting: If you know you won’t consume it quickly, consider transferring the liqueur into a smaller bottle to minimize the air in contact with the liquid, which can speed up the degradation process.
While Licor 43 should ideally be consumed within 6 months of opening for the best experience, it can often last longer without becoming harmful to drink. The quality and flavor, however, may not be as robust as when freshly opened.
What is the difference between liquor and licor?
The terms “liquor” and “licor” may seem similar at first glance. Still, they refer to distinct categories of alcoholic beverages and have linguistic differences.
- Language Origin: The term “liquor” is primarily used in English-speaking countries.
- Definition: In alcoholic beverages, “liquor” refers to distilled spirits like vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila. These spirits are distilled and typically have a higher alcohol content than other alcoholic beverages like beer and wine.
- Alcohol Content: Usually high, ranging from about 40% to 50% alcohol by volume (ABV), although this can vary.
- Flavor: Liquors can be neutral or have distinct flavors, depending on the type and whether they have been flavored or aged.
- Usage: Often used as a base for cocktails, it can be consumed neat or with mixers.
- Language Origin: “Licor” is a term used in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries.
- Definition: In these contexts, “licor” can refer to any alcoholic beverage, including what English speakers would call liqueurs. Liqueurs are sweetened spirits often flavored with fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, or nuts.
- Alcohol Content: Generally lower in alcohol content than liquors, often ranging from 15% to 40% ABV.
- Flavor: Usually sweet and often flavored with various botanicals, fruits, or spices. Licor 43 for example, is a Spanish liqueur with vanilla and aromatic herbs flavors.
- Usage: Commonly used in cocktails, it can be consumed neat or used as a flavoring agent in cooking and baking.
While “liquor” is a broad category of distilled spirits with a high alcohol content, “licor” is a term used primarily in Spanish and Portuguese to describe what English speakers typically call liqueurs—sweetened, flavored spirits with a lower alcohol content.
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