Before closing my tab at the bar a few weeks ago, my friend suggested ending the night with a little Sambuca and a cup of coffee. When the Italian liqueur arrived, I was surprised to see three coffee beans floating on top. I asked the bartender what the deal was, and she passively answered that Sambuca is always served with three beans, each one representative of something she couldn’t exactly recall. Ever curious, I found myself quickly falling into a Wikipedia spiral, where I learned that the three coffee beans are meant to represent health, happiness and prosperity.Further research taught me that a shot of Sambuca can be served with as many as seven coffee beans, representing the Seven Hills of Rome, and the liqueur is occasionally lit aflame to toast the beans. Talk about an excellent party trick, am I right? You can also request Sambuca with just one coffee bean by asking for “con la mosca” (with a fly). But where does this tradition come from?

Source: The Back Label

John D. McCarthySambuca Is the Unsung Hero of Your Liquor Cabinet with These 3 Cocktails

Of all after-dinner drinks out there, Sambuca is one of the best known. Generally colorless, the anise-flavored liqueur is served neat or with water, or sometimes as a shot with three coffee beans—known as con la mosca, of “with the fly.”……John D. McCarthy


Anel GroblerThe Origin of Sambuca

Are you a fan of Sambuca and ever wondered where it comes from? The etymology is disputed: the Molinari company states that the name Sambuca comes from an Arabic word – Zammut. This was the name of an anise-flavoured drink that arrived to the port of Civitavecchia by ships coming from the East.……Anel Grobler


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Sambuca is an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur. Its most common variety is often referred to as white sambuca to differentiate it from other varieties that are deep blue in colour or bright red.
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