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Quick Guide to Licor 43

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Licor 43, a Spanish vanilla liquor, is worth adding to your collection. We have more information about Licor 43 and how to use it in cocktails.

This liqueur sounds mysterious, but it’s essential for your liquor cabinet. Licor43is a Spanish liqueur with golden hues made from a secret mix of 43 spices and herbs. It has a unique flavor with orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla and cinnamon. It is great in coffee and makes an excellent mixed drink. We bought a bottle to make a Carajillo and were instantly converted. This is a brief overview of this unique liqueur and whether it should be added to your collection.

What is Licor 43?

Licor43 is a bright yellow, vanilla-flavored Spanish liqueur created in 1946 by the Zamora clan. It comes from an old recipe. It is also known as Cuarenta Ya Tres (43 Spanish). Its name derives from the 43 botanicals and herbs used to make it.

Licor 43 is now the most loved liqueur in Spain and is widely enjoyed across Europe. It is also very popular in Mexico because it is the main ingredient in a Carajillo (spiked) coffee.

What is the taste of Licor 43?

Licor43 is sweet and aromatic. It has strong vanilla notes with cinnamon, orange peel, and chocolate. It is herbal with a complex finish. It is great in coffee and other mixed beverages.

What is the alcohol content of Licor 43? It has 31% ABV (alcohol-by-volume), which contains moderate amounts of alcohol. It is 40% ABV for spirits such as whiskey or Rum.

Is there a substitute? Tuaca is an Italian vanilla liqueur containing brandy, the closest flavor substitute. Any vanilla-flavored liqueur can be substituted. Galliano makes a vanilla liqueur. You can also use Galliano, the yellow vanilla liquor used in the Harvey Wallbanger, and other classic cocktails.

It’s why we love it.

Licor 43 has a vanilla-scented, complex flavor and is a great match for coffee. We were hooked from the first taste! It has a complex flavor that is so delicious we keep coming up with new ways to enjoy it. It’s delicious. (Or, muy delicioso if you’re in Spain.)

What is the cost of this?

Licor 43 is a mid-priced liquor compared to other liquors. The 750ml bottles cost $20-25.

Most popular Licor 43 cocktails

Licor 43 can be taken as a shot or mixed with coffee. It pairs well with other beverages. You can also mix it in cocktails.

Carajillo (Mexican Spiked Coffee)

The most loved Licor 43 cocktail is the Carajillo. Carajillo is spiked coffee. In Spain, it’s made with mame and in Cuba with Rum. It’s best known in Mexico, made with Licor 43. You’ll find sweet vanilla, chocolate, and citrus notes in the Licor and bitter, rich coffee notes.

Key Lime Martini

The Key Lime Martini is a Licor 43 cocktail that will blow you away with its rich, nuanced flavor. This amazing Spanish vanilla liqueur is combined with tart key lime juice and a graham cracker drink border. This is a delicious dessert drink with a lot of nuance and complexity that’s irresistible.

Mini Beer Shot

This Mini Beer Shot does not require cold brew. This shot is not a cold brew. It pairs vanilla Licor43 liqueur with cream. What is the flavor? The flavor?

Licor 43 Screwdriver

What is better than a Screwdriver! A Screwdriver with Licor 43! The Harvey Wallbanger Screwdriver is made with Galliano, another vanilla herbal liquor. Why not try Licor 43 instead of Galliano? This gives the otherwise bland brunch drink a funky, herbal finish.

Swap: Substitute Licor43 for the same amount Galliano

Cuba Libre 43

A Licor 43 cocktail can also be made in another way. You can also add it to a Cuba Libre. This drink recipe only has three ingredients: lime juice, cola and Rum. Licor 43 is added to give it a unique, herbal and vanilla flavor.

Swap 1 ounce Licor43 and 1-ounce Rum (instead of 2 ounces)

Carajillo (Licor 43 Spiked Coffee)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 2 ounces* Espresso (or very strong coffee), slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 ounce Licor 43
  • Ice, for serving (try Clear ice).


  1. Espresso.
  2. To lower the ball, add ice. Mix the Licor 43 with the mixture and stir.
  3. Slowly pour the coffee onto a wooden spoon. The coffee will settle on the top. Serve immediately


*To convert to tablespoons: 1 ounce = 2 teaspoons

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