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How To Serve Warm Sambuca

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 7

Sambuca


Many after dinner cocktails are concocted to aid digestion as well as add a final "sweet" touch to an evening meal. Anise, a well known natural herb has been added to products including cough syrups, and teas. Added to alcohol with sugar, it becomes a delicious after dinner drink. Sambuca is steeped in Italian tradition and can be found served on ice, or mixed with cola or water. But the most enjoyable serving of Sambuca comes the old fashioned way, warm with three coffee beans afloat in the glass. According to Italians, each bean has a meaning: health, happiness, and prosperity. While setting the liqueur ablaze imparts some of the coffee flavor to the drink, and softens the taste, you'll rarely find it served that way at restaurants today because of fire hazards. But in the privacy of your own home you can enjoy Sambuca as it was originally intended by the Italians. Here are the instructions. Please use extreme caution.

Things You Will Need

* Sambuca Liqueur
* 3 fresh coffee beans
* candle lighter or long match
* snifter glass

Step 1

Pour two ounces of Sambuca in a short snifter glass.

Step 2

Drop in three fresh coffee beans. If you don't use beans at home, buy a handful from a grocery store that allows you to buy beans by the pound. Store them in an airtight container beside your Sambuca bottle.

Step 3

Use a long fireplace match or a candle lighter like the one pictured, to set the Sambuca aflame. A candle lighter will allow you to set the flame without having your hand too close to the liqueur.

Step 4

Blow into the snifter to extinguish the flame after about 3 or 4 seconds. Be cautious. The glass will become hot quickly. Do not handle it until it is cool to the touch. Do not attempt to drink it hot or sniff the hot fumes.

Step 5

While the Sambuca cools, grasp the base or stem of the glass and use it to roll the liquid inside to distribute the warmth evenly and blend the coffee flavor.

Step 6

Let the Sambuca glass sit until it is comfortable to touch. The delicious warmth of the liquer is the perfect finish to any meal. When the glass is empty, chew the coffee beans.
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Tips & Warnings

* USE EXTREME CAUTION. If you have spilled any Sambuca on your hands wash them thoroughly before you set a flame in the glass. This liqueur will ignite easily.


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Comments

Jun 7, 2010 6:12pm
SharonWatterson
ah, this post brings back old memories of a friend since gone who loved his warm sambuca and always counted the beans, thought it was a compliment from the waitress if he got more than three, he was single. Thank you.
Jun 8, 2010 10:16am
Lynsuz
Never had sambuca warm, but like it with a few ice cubes.
Jun 30, 2010 3:18am
goodselfme
This sounds like an exotic wonderful liquor treat.thank you for the recipe.
Jun 30, 2010 8:16am
snowfence
Thanks for the recipe on serving warm sumbuca!
Jul 9, 2010 8:44am
trailblazing
I'll be sure to impress my friends with this! thanks
Jul 27, 2010 5:17pm
Sullysee
Sambuca ritual with ambiance, how fun!
Aug 1, 2010 12:11am
Deborah-Diane
Lovely instructions for serving warm sambuca! Sounds like the perfect end to an evening!
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