Okay for anyone who has gone out drinking with me to celebrate, they know there will be straight Tuaca shots at some time. Okay unless I am in the mood for Grand Marnier… Jenny that is for you. Back to the point Tuaca is an awesome spirit and is a recipe that is 500 years old form the Tuscan region of Italy thank you Italy. The recipe is by legend originates from Lorenzo de Medici ruler of Florence and a visionary that brought us Tuaca. Then Tuaca disappeared and was rediscovered in 1938 when brothers-in-law Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canep started making it again. American soldiers during WWII enjoyed drinking the liqueur in Italy. After the war it found its way to America, thank you again to the U.S. military for giving us so much. Why do we love this vanilla citrus liqueur, it is smooth and delicious. Is it the best liqueur ever made? No, but it blends well and has a great finish making it more than great.

Tuaca is a 100% all natural liqueur made from the 500 year old recipe that takes the finest brandy ranging from 3 to 10 years old. The brandy comes from Faenza known for producing brandy with an amazing aroma, amber color and exceptional finish. After that the master blender then folds in sugar and fine spirits before the final touch of citrus and vanilla.

As a drink by itself chilled, straight or on the rocks it stands up and says hello. As a shot chilled or not it gives you that in what you want with style. As a mixed drink it’s a player with the ability to enhance a drink recipe take for instance a cream soda; traditionally made with vanilla vodka and ginger ale sub Tuaca it is amazing. This is why Tuaca is a great liqueur and stands on its own in a sea of options, one of my personal favorites. Enjoy it as you may, it has the ability to make anyone happy for an hour.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuaca Hot Toddy

  • 1 ½ oz. Tuaca
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 oz. of honey
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Hot water

In a hot drink glass put the 3 cloves, cinnamon stick, honey, then pour the Tuaca, squeeze the lemon and fill with hot water.

Root Beer Float

  • 1 ½ oz. of Tuaca
  • 4 oz. of root beer
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Pour the Tuaca, add the scoop of ice cream, finish with the root beer and enjoy.

Tuaca Berry Fizz

  • 1 ½ oz. of Tuaca
  • 1 oz. of gin
  • Half squeezed lemon
  • 3 blackberries
  • ½ oz of simple syrup
  • Soda water

Muddle the blackberries, add the lemon squeezed, Tuaca, gin, simple syrup and finish with a splash of soda water. Serve in a double old fashion with ice and garnish with a mint sprig and blackberry.

Originally published on PureStyle Magazine