Liquor 43 is a Spanish liquor that’s made with a delicious blend of 43 herbs and spices. It has a unique flavor of cinnamon, vanilla, and orange peel and adds a delicious sweetness to a number of cocktails.
It was invented in 1946, has since become a staple alcoholic drink in Spain, and is enjoyed all throughout Europe. While it is great in alcoholic drinks, it also pairs very well with coffee!
There is a moderate amount of alcohol in Liquor 43, at 31% ABV.
This article is going to provide you with a list of 13 delicious but simple Liquor 43 cocktails. You’ll definitely impress your friends after whipping this liquor out and mixing them one of these delicious drinks.
1. Carajillo (Mexican Spiked Coffee)
We’re starting this list with the Carajillo, because it’s the most famous Liquor 43 cocktail!
While it’s popular in Spain and Latin America, it is most well-known in Mexico. The vanilla, citrus, and slightly chocolaty flavor pairs wonderfully well with the bitter, rich coffee.
The only ingredients you’ll need are Espresso, and of course, Liquor 43. You’ll begin by making your espresso strong, and in a separate class, mix your Liquor 43 with some ice and stir together.
Then, slowly pour the coffee over the liquor mixture – you can pour this over a spoon in order to slow down the liquid. This will leave a lovely layer of coffee over the liquor.
2. Key Lime Martini
If you’re a fan of key lime pie, then you’re in for a treat with this cocktail, as it’s pretty much the liquid version of the pie!
You’ll need some Liquor 43, key lime juice, vodka, and heavy cream. This cocktail also has a graham cracker rim, which makes the whole experience all the more fun!
For this part, you’ll need to crush the graham crackers and place them on a flat surface. Then wet the rim of your glass, and dip it into the crushed crackers.
To make the cocktail, all you need to do is add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with some ice and shake it till you can’t anymore! Or, until the drink is cold.
Strain it into your glass, and add some lime as garnish!
3. Mini Beer Shot
Funnily enough, this shot has no beer at all. Instead, it’s made with Licor 43 and cream.
As the Licor 43 is already beautifully sweet, when combined with cream it makes for a delicious shot, that’s very dangerous as you’ll just want more and more.
What’s more is, this shot looks exactly like beer! The Licor has a bright yellow color, and the cream on top looks just like beer froth.
4. Licor 43 Cuba Libre
A Cuba Libre can be thought of as a fancy version of rum and coke because there’s lime involved. This variation takes it up a notch by adding some Licor 43.
You’ll begin by filling a glass with ice and adding your Licor 43 and rum. Then, fill the glass up with coke, and pour some lemon juice once the glass is filled.
Stir it all together so the liquids mix well, and add a lemon or lime slice as garnish.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this drink is for you, as the sweetness from the coke and Licor 43 pair wonderfully, and the added rum gives the entire thing an extra kick.
5. White Wine Peach Sangria
This is a lighter alternative to the traditional sangria and is perfect for the summer months.
You’ll begin by slicing your lemon and lime, tossing them in a big jug, and covering them with sugar. Then, you are to beat these ingredients in order to release the delicious juices.
Add your sliced peach, white wine, and Licor 43, and fill the jug with lemonade.
Once all this has been added, stir everything together, so it mixes well.
Pour into some fancy glasses and enjoy!
6. Fire Swamp Fireball Cocktail
This cocktail is boasting with the intense flavor of sweet cinnamon, perfect for all those with a sweet tooth out there.
It also has a hint of spice and a fiery aroma due to the element of whiskey involved.
You’ll need some Fireball Whiskey, Licor 43, cream soda, and some fireball candies. Add some ice to a glass and add the whiskey and Licor 43, stirring to combine.
Then, fill the rest of the glass with cream soda, and add some little fireball candies on top. Be sure not to gobble these up, as they’ll turn the liquid red as they dissolve.
This is a visually appealing cocktail, with a fiery but sweet taste.
7. Blood Orange And Rose Creamsicle Cocktail
This is the perfect cocktail for the summer, and its pastel pink color makes it a true beauty in a glass!
The base is Licor 43 for some wonderful sweetness. You’ll also be using organic cream, simple syrup, fresh blood orange juice, and rose water.
Simply add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake and strain into your chosen glass, and garnish with a slice of blood orange.
8. Lemongrass Collins
A lemongrass collins is wonderfully refreshing and is another one that should be on the menu for the summer months.
You’ll need some lemongrass-infused vodka, Licor 43, ginger beer, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
Simply mix together the vodka, Licor 43, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain the mixture into your chosen glass over some ice, and top it with ginger beer. You can also add some club soda if it’s too strong.
9. Balon 43
This is a very simple cocktail that’s perfect if you’re new to cocktail making, as it’s very hard to get it wrong.
It’s also perfect if you’re still getting your taste buds used to the taste of Licor 43. All that’s needed is Licor 43, sparkling water, half a lemon, and some ice.
To make this refreshing cocktail, begin by filling your glass with ice, pour in your sparkling water, and add the fresh lemon juice. Lastly, you are to pour your Licor 43 over the mixture.
Stir it together, and garnish some with orange and lemon slices.
10. Morir Sonando
Translating to ‘die dreaming’, this cocktail really makes you feel like you’re dreaming, as it tastes just like a creamsicle.
All you need to do is combine Licor 43, orange juice, and milk with some ice cubes and stir until combined.
Garnish with some orange slices, and voilà!
11. Beachbum’s Own
This cocktail takes a more tropical approach and includes pineapple juice, passion fruit purée, freshly squeezed lemon juice, orange juice, and rum.
These ingredients mixed together are what some would call a ‘beach sunset’ in a glass.
12. Boozy Apple Cider
Giving us more of a cozy, winter feel is this boozy apple cider drink.
Mulled apple cider is a Christmas must-have, and if you decide to make it at home, your entire house will be filled with a delicious, comforting aroma.
This recipe also adds bourbon and Licor 43, as well as whipped heavy cream and grated nutmeg. All these ingredients mixed together make for a delicious cocktail that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
13. Irish Flag Shot
This is a layered shot and the colors used mimic the Irish flag!
Traditionally, this shot would be made with green crème de menthe, Baileys Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier. These create the green, white, and orange colors, starting from the bottom.
This recipe, however, uses Licor 43 to create the orange, so it is added to the top. This gives the shot an extra vanilla taste, making it a little more bearable.
Creating this shot is when you’ll have the most fun, as seeing the layering take place is very interesting! Try making them with your friends and see whose looks more like the Irish flag!
As you can see from this article, Licor 43 can be mixed with a variety of juices and other alcohols in order to make some delicious cocktails.
The citrus and vanilla aroma makes it perfect for winter drinks, but it also pairs well with lemon juice and other summery drinks in order to make more of a refreshing cocktail.
We hope this article has given you some inspiration on what you can do with that old bottle of Licor 43 that’s lying in your alcohol cabinet!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does Licor 43 Taste Like?
Licor 43 connoisseurs would describe the alcohol to taste light and sweet like vanilla, with some hints of bright citrus and cinnamon.
Should Licor 43 Be Refrigerated?
Licor 43 is best served cold, so it is best to keep it refrigerated. Aside from this, it does usually have a ‘best before’ date. It is recommended that it is stored in the fridge after opening and consumed within 6 months.
Is Licor 43 Sold In The US?
Depending on the state you live in, you can sometimes find Licor 43 in the US. Your best bet is to check the liqueur stores around your area.
What Is A Good Substitute For Licor 43?
Just because you can’t find Licor 43 in your area, doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all these cocktails.
Tuaca is an Italian, vanilla-flavored liqueur that contains brandy. It is the closest thing to Licor 43 that you will find.
However, if you still can’t find Tuaca, then any vanilla-flavored liqueur will do, as the main flavor in Licor 43 is vanilla.
You can find all kinds of vanilla-flavored liqueurs in liqueur stores all over the US.
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