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Sambuca: the underrated summer cocktail liqueur you should be using

Cocktail trends change just as much as fashion does, and we strive to bring you the latest in the ever-evolving world of alcoholic beverages. Here’s our tip for an old favourite that’s set to be the next big thing this summer: sambuca. The anise infused liqueur is a sweet and flavourful addition to cocktails, so sit back and enjoy a few of our favourite recipes.

Sambuca con la Mosca

The traditional Italian way to serve sambuca, it translates to “sambuca with flies.” Of course, it doesn’t mean you should start collecting flies, it refers to the coffee beans that will be floating in your drink.


60mL Galliano White Sambuca
3 coffee beans


Pour your sambuca into a shot glass and gently float the coffee beans in the liqueur. Very carefully ignite the alcohol with a match and let the flames toast the coffee beans. Blow the flames out before sipping on your toasty coffee infused aperitif.

Sambuca Punch

As the name implies, this punch makes use of sambuca as its main ingredient, and incidentally it does pack a summery punch. If you’re planning on having mates over for a summer BBQ, give this one a whirl.


250mL pineapple juice

250mL lemonade

¼ cup chopped mint

150g raspberries

80mL Galliano White Sambuca 


Combine the pineapple juice, lemonade, Galliano and mint in a medium bowl. Mash the raspberries in a small bowl with a fork until smooth. Pour the punch into glasses and gently spoon raspberry mixture on top so that it floats.

Café Ole

Sambuca and coffee go together exceptionally well. This cocktail makes the most of the pairing, with a dollop of cream for good measure. Not a bad iced coffee for the summer!


60mL thin cream

30mL espresso coffee, chilled

30mL Galliano White Sambuca

30mL Kahlúa


Combine the coffee, cream, Galliano and Kahlúa in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds and then strain the mix into a chilled glass.

Tuscan Sunshine

There’s nothing quite like summer in Tuscany, but if you can’t afford to fly all that way, this cocktail is a pretty good substitute. If you want the full Italian effect, order a couple of pizzas (no pineapple).


180mL lemonade

120mL orange juice

30mL Galliano White Sambuca

1 orange, sliced

Maraschino cherries to garnish


Fill a jug with ice and orange slices. Add the sambuca, orange juice and then top with lemonade. Slowly stir with a spoon to combine and pour into glasses garnished with a maraschino cherry.

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