Alternative to Sambuca?

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I’m a BIG liquorice fan, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than a sambuca and lemonade on a night out 🙂

But to buy from a shop, the bottles are quite expensive. Does anyone know any alternatives with the aniseed taste? Ideally I’m looking for something a little less expensive, but any brand names at all would be good 🙂

Perhaps anyone has a way of adding the flavour to a drink? Can you buy aniseed extract?

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  • Ouzo, anisette, lots of anise flavored liqueurs from italy/greece/europe under different names. A cheap anisette would fit the bill for what you are looking for.

    Make your own concoction: anise seeds (cheap) crush and put in vodka. Soak for a month, strain , mix half and half with sugar syrup.

    Good luck.

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    I’m a BIG liquorice fan, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than a sambuca and lemonade on a night out 🙂

    But to buy from a shop, the bottles are quite expensive. Does anyone know any alternatives with the aniseed taste? Ideally I’m looking for something a little less expensive, but…

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    Sambuca can be served Neat, as Ammazzacaffè or just as refreshment but iut is an unsual taste – like aniseed…but it can be enjoyed in other ways – see here On the rocks Sambuca can be served with ice, optionally adding some coffee beans as ornament. The ice exalts the flavours and changes the colour of the drink from transparent to dense white. With toasted coffee beans In Italy it is common to serve neat Sambuca with some floating coffee beans dropped on it: it is called Sambuca con mosca (literally, “Sambuca with flies”). The beans are there as an ornament, but they can be chewed to exalt the taste of anise. An Italian tradition is to put three coffee beans representing health, wealth, and happiness. In coffee Sambuca can be added to coffee as a sweetener instead of sugar. The mixed drink in Italian is called caffè corretto (literally, “corrected coffee”). With water Sambuca can be served adding fresh water, becoming a refreshing less alcoholic drink. On Fire Sambuca can be served in a shot glass and then set on fire for a second or 2, in order to increase flavour. Another alternative is known as “Gas Chambers” which is the same as on fire but the fumes caught in a glass and after the shot is taken the fumes are ꜱᴜcκed up through a straw. This gives a lightheaded “high” feeling and this is my favorite way… make sure to have an extinguisher handy….

  • Along with Patise, Ricard, Pernod and Ouzo, there is also Turkish Raki, such as “Yeni Raki”, but my personal favourite is Küstennebel (see link below).

    To intensify the licorice flavour, you can order anise oil on-line. This is pure concentrated oil, made from pressing the star-shaped anise seeds. Oil needs something with a little fat to carry the flavour, so I recommend blending the anise oil with milk. Just a couple of drops in the milk, and let it “spread” for a moment in the milk, before you blend it with the spirits.

    Then if you really want a licorice experience you won’t forget, stir in a quarter teaspoon of WHITE ground pepper into your drink. You’ll be suprise how intense this will taste. This is a secret most people never find out about, because most people think pepper is something just for meat.

    P.S. Absinthe is not a really pure anise spirits, because the principle ingredient is wormwood, along with anise and fennel, which is why it is known as a “Kräuterschnapps”, or herbal spirits in Switzerland, and it’s because of the wormwood that Absinthe can be dangerously addictive.

  • Sambuca has many brothers and sisters in its absinthe subsititute family. Absinthe subsititutes have been around since absinthe illegality and still around since absinthe became legal in 2007 (here in the u.s.). Absinthe, Ouzo, Herbsaint, Pernod, Galliano, Ojen, Metaxa, or any anise-flavored cordial.

    Being a fan as you are, I would definitely buy some real absinthe.

  • You can try the Greek alternative to the Italian Sambucca, Ouzo. generally it is cheaper but like always you get what you pay for. There are a few other alternatives, but it is late and I can’t think of them at this time. Hope I have helped though. Cheers!

  • hi i love sambucca but ur right its pricey, alternatives are PERNOD (pronounced without the D) and OUZO (maybe spelt with two Os not sure sorry)

    both have the distinct aniseed taste, i quite often order perno, blackcurrant and lemonade its delicious!

    also if u ever fancy treating urself to an unusual sambucca there is a raspberry and a banana flavour, both fab with lemonade think the make is ANTICA

    hope this helps 🙂

    enjoy!

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