Sometimes, we come across an obscure liqueur little-known outside a single village in France or Italy. But other times, we find ourselves drawn to an ingredient that already has a devoted following. Though little-known in the States, Licor 43 is the most popular liqueur in its native Spain—and also quite prominent in Mexico and other Latin American nations.
Named for the 43 ingredients that go into its production, Licor 43 (that’s cuarenta y tres, if you’re over in Spain) is made with fruits and a wide range of aromatic herbs and spices. It’s light and sweet, with vanilla far and away the strongest flavor, backed up by bright citrus and warm cinnamon. It’s easygoing and quite likable, making it a cinch to deploy in cocktails. Here are three of our favorites.
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Easy: 43 Screwdriver
Licor 43’s citrus aspect is so prominent, we thought: This would be great in a Screwdriver. And orange and vanilla are an obvious pairing. This simple drink ends up tasting like a Creamsicle, except a good deal more sophisticated. Great for brunch.