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Happy Hour: Izzi Sambuca

While YumSugar was busy learning about caviar at the Fancy Foods Show, I was searching the Italian section for exciting new drinks. With its smooth, easy-drinking liquid, and clear anise-y taste, Izzi Sambuca caught my eye.

Sambuca is a popular Italian liqueur that's great for sipping on a cold afternoon. The distinctive flavor of licorice is prominent, but not overpowering. Izzi makes two kinds: premium original and Sumbuca al Caffé, a variation on theme with subtle undertones of coffee beans and a rich caramel color. Both are warming, but not too strong, full bodied yet not syrupy, and slightly sweet.

Sambuca was popular at the show and Izzi's offerings were my favorite. I definitely plan on adding a bottle to my liquor collection. How about you? Have you tried Sambuca?

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emalove emalove 8 years
Just the thought of Sambuca makes me want to vomit...I hate anything that tastes like licorice. Blech.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I've had Black Sambuca. Straight, flaming, over ice and in shots. I love it. :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I've had Black Sambuca. Straight, flaming, over ice and in shots.I love it. :)
mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 8 years
When I worked in various bars in Greece in the mid-to-late 90's sambuca was very popular as a shot/shooter, a bit like tequila. Although I would drink the odd glass of ouzo with a meze, I found sambuca to be too sweet and sickly, but you could always set the tiny glass alight and have it burn for a few minutes...in fact some people would set it alight before they drank it. yuk.
Anadi Anadi 8 years
My friends all got drunk with it during our Senior trip to the Dominican Republic. The hotel bar just gave it away like candy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
live for Sambuca rather...darn keyboard
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I used to liiiiiiiiiiiiiive ambuca in college. Ha.
magicpenniez magicpenniez 8 years
My boyfriend LOOOOOOOOOOOOVES Sambuca with a passion (as you can tell). I grew up with it all around me in my big ole Italian family but I never cared for licorice flavor so I can't say I like it.
Food Food 8 years
This was the third brand of Sambuca that we tried at the show...and by far the very strongest! :ROTFL:
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