Licor 43’s secret formula stretches back to 209 BC. The secret formula which uses only natural ingredients has remained intact through the ages. The name is derived from the 43 basic ingredients used in the secret formula. Licor 43 is the world’s leading Spanish vanilla citrus liqueur. It is “The Heart & Soul of Spain.”

Licor 43 001 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Proof 62 / 31% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $24 to $30 / 750ml Bottle

Availability: 43 states nationwide and counting

Tasting NotesLicor 43 014 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Color: Beautiful gold.

Aroma: Light citrus, vanilla, extremely light touch of warm spice, but not spicy. Almost thought there might be possible hints of saffron, but if there is any saffron it is very faint.

Tasted Neat: Butterscotch, rich buttery toffee, lush, decadent, sweetened like honey without the sharp sugary edge. Lingering sweetness of juicy light flavored citrus. Faintest hint of floral.

Mouth Feel: Medium without venturing to the thick syrupy side.

Comparable Spirit: Closest I would say is Tuaca. Though Tuaca is a bit thinner, contains a bit of burn and tastes a bit more sugary. Tuaca doesn’t have a lot of burn, but Licor 43 doesn’t contain any burn in my opinion. The butterscotch / Toffee flavor in Tuaca is less rounded and lush than that of Licor 43.

Licor 43 002 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails:

Terrific sipper on the rocks. Licor 43 claims it will mix with everything including juice, soda, coffee, milk and other spirits. While I can’t say “everything,” I’m not ruling anything out at the moment. It’s extremely mixable and terrific on its own. A few cocktails to sample:

Recipes courtesy Licor 43

Carajillo 43Licor 43 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Licor 43

3 ounces Espresso

Pour ingredients in rocks glass over ice. Stir and serve.

43 Sangria

1-1/2 ounce Licor 43

1 ounce Red Wine

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

1 dash Classic Bitters

Orange & Apple Slices and Grapes Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into double old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fruit.

43 PineappleLicor 43 024 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1-1/4 ounce Licor 43

1/2 ounce Vodka

6 ounces Pineapple Juice

Orange Wheel Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange wheel.

Another recipe to consider that is ideal for Super Bowl weekend, or any football / sports weekend for that matter is the Licor 43 Mini Beer. It’s almost as if the Mini Beer is Licor 43’s answer to the Baby Guinness shot.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Frank PR USA, representatives of Licor 43

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  • December 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Just found it on the shelf of the local (Thoughtful) liquor store …..bought on a whim…looking for something different….and it is…very different…not overly sweet…not overly thick…citrus caramel…not gigantically alchoholic……very nice….I haven’t even tried it as a mixer yet :)

  • February 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    You are truly right, nothing takes me back to Spain like sitting on my back deck in San Antonio in 95+ degree weather with 43 poured over crushed ice, and I’m a beer guy. I spent 3 great years in the mid-90s stationed on the southern Atlantic coast of Spain. 43 found it’s way into every ‘Spanish’ cocktail on the Costa de Luz. I didn’t know it had made its way stateside. Can’t say how excited I got when I saw it on the shelf at a bistro in San Marcos TX last year, enough that we stopped on the way home just to buy a bottle at Specs.

    I’ll take 43 with Coke over any other liquor.

  • March 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I hope you liked Rota and the country around. Greetings from a Gaditano.

  • October 22, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I love this with milk. Pour it on a fancy glass with a citrus slice, it’s too decadent not to.

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