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Origin : Italy
Origin : Italy
Origin : Italy
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What is sambuca?
Sambuca is defined as an alcoholic drink, or more precisely a liqueur. Sambuca is a liqueur made from plants. It can also be described as “an Italian cream”. The main ingredient in Sambuca is star anise, therefore Sambuca is an aniseed flavoured liqueur. Other plants can be used in the composition of Sambuca depending on its producers. A creamy and unctuous liqueur, Sambuca has an alcohol content of between 25 and 40°.
Sambuca comes from the town of Civitavecchia, near Rome. It was first made in 1851 by the Italian Luigi Manzi.
The word “Sambuca” comes from the dialect of the island of Ischia, situated in the bay of Naples, “Sambuchelli and “Acquaioli” are translated by “star anise” and “water”. Other sources state that sambuca comes from the Latin “sambucas” meaning “Elderberry” as Elderberry is often used in the composition of Sambucas. The word Sambuca can also come from the Arab “zammut” which indicates an alcoholic drink.
Varieties of Sambucas
There are several references and brands of Sambuca, and each Sambuca producer has his own recipe. Apart from star anise, which can be found in the majority of Sambucas, other ingredients can be added to produce this liqueur. Elderberry, spices, liquorice, and herbs are just some of the plants which can be used to flavour Sambuca.
Sambuca is made by mixing neutral alcohol of agricultural origin with extracts of plants. The plants are infused to extract all the essences and aromas. The mixture of alcohol and plants has sugar added to it (about 350g/l) The mixture of plants and alcohol then ages for several months in oak barrels to produce the famous Sambuca. The ageing in an oak barrel is variable according to the references of Sambuca. With some exceptions, there are no vintage Sambucas. It is important to note that, to be considered as a liqueur, an alcoholic drink must contain at least 100 grammes of sugar per litre.
Sambuca can be related to Pastis, an aniseed liqueur of French origin. However, the two alcohols have a difference in texture. Sambuca is a syrupy alcoholic drink, whereas Pastis is very fluid. Sambuca and Pastis are also different in their consumption, as Pastis is always mixed with water before consumption, whereas Sambuca is drunk neat. Sambuca could therefore be a possible alternative to Pastis.
Sambuca can be considered as an original alcoholic drink, as it comes from the Italian terroir.
Brands of Sambuca
A great majority of brands of Sambuca are Italian. These brands produce their alcohol in several regions of Italy like Lazio and Venice. The first brand to have officially produced Sambuca it the Manzi brand, which still produce Sambuca today. Manzi is one of the references in Sambuca.
Brands of Sambuca: Amore, Antica, Averna, Borghetti, Borsci, Canciana, Franciacorta, Galliano, Isolbella, Lupini, Luxardo, Marcati, Massari, Molinari, Opal-nera, Pallini, Puccini, Ramazotti, Romana, Sarandrea, Simal, Toschi, Villa Colonna, Vinci.
There are industrially made brands of Sambuca and hand-crafted brands. Hand-crafted Sambucas are rarer on the market and usually dedicated to Export.
Sambuca in starred gastronomic restaurants
Sambuca is appreciated by many Italian chefs and sommeliers who propose several different references of Sambuca on their wine list. Sambuca can also be found on the wine list of gastronomic restaurants who specialise in Italian or Mediterranean food.
Sambuca has an attractive appearance, it is a crystal clear, brilliant alcoholic drink. There are also coloured Sambucas, as some are flavoured with fruit like cherries. There are also black Sambucas, whose colour is obtained through certain plants. Sambuca is, above all, a very aromatic liqueur. Depending on the Sambuca reference, the alcohol can have unusual and complex aromatic bouquets.
Sambuca is a drink which is both sweet in its texture and strong in the richness of its flavours.
Sambuca can be served as an aperitif or a liqueur. As an aperitif, Sambuca can be mixed with water, as a liqueur, Sambuca is usually served chilled with ice cubes. Logically, it can be served with coffee, mixed together or alone, after the desert.
In Italy, Sambuca is traditionally mixed with coffee. Another Italian tradition is flamed Sambuca, which consists of mixing 3 coffee grains in Sambuca and then flaming the mixture. It is called “sambuca con la mosca” which can be translated as “Sambuca with the fly”. According to the tradition, the three grains of coffee mixed with the Sambuca represent health, prosperity, and fecundity. Some people even flame Sambuca directly in their mouth with the coffee grains.
As a sugary liqueur, Sambuca is ideal as an accompaniment for a desert like Tiramisu, where the presence of coffee is a reference to the Italian coffee Sambuca tradition. Barmen in gastronomic restaurants also create cocktails with Sambuca.
Some chefs use Sambuca in their recipes too, in particular to flavour deserts like cakes or ice-cream.
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