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Here are all the best Licor 43 cocktails to make with this tasty Spanish vanilla liqueur! Grab a bottle to mix up these fantastic drinks.

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Got a bottle of Licor 43? This bright yellow Spanish liqueur is made with a secret blend of 43 herbs and spices. Take one sip, and nod in appreciation for the notes of vanilla, cinnamon and orange peel. Licor 43 best known for its use in the carajillo, a Mexican spiked coffee drink, but there are so many more ways to use it! How do you serve Licor 43?

  • Drink it straight as a shot, or on ice.
  • Mix it into coffee.
  • Mix with cola, ginger ale, or ginger beer.
  • Add it into Licor 43 cocktails. (See below!)
  • Use it when “vanilla liqueur” is specified in a drink recipe.

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Key lime martini

Top 10 Licor 43 Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Key Lime Martini is a stunning cocktail that tastes just like key lime pie…but even better! Licor 43 is the secret ingredient that makes it stellar.


  • 2 ounces Licor 43*
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce key lime juice (bottled)**
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • Graham crackers, crushed for the rim
  • For the garnish: Lime wheel


  1. Wet the rim of the cocktail glass. Place finely crushed graham crackers on a plate, and tilt the outside rim of the glass into the mixture so that it coats the outer rim. 
  2. Place the Licor 43, vodka, key lime juice, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker with 2 handfuls ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve. 


*For converting to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons. 

**Licor 43 is a Spanish vanilla liqueur you can find at most liquor stores and even grocery stores. Key lime juice is sold bottled and available in most grocery stores. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Steve Nelson says:

    Enjoyed your recipes and have experienced another great one. The Spanish Crown.
    Patron Reposada; Licor 43; Cointreau; sweet and sour. Served in martini glass with orange garnish.

  2. Ann Marie says:

    Try this: Frozen Creamsicle Shooters
    1 pkg Orange Jello mixed with 1/3c boiling water until gelatin is melted
    Mix in:
    1c Liquor 43
    1c vodka
    1 pkg vanilla instant pudding
    1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
    Pour into 2 oz. plastic cups with covers and freeze!
    Great at parties!
    Also, can be done as a truffle. Line truffle bowl with lady finger cookies (bottom and sides) and pour creamsicle mixture in and freeze before serving.
    (Note: I have used sugar free and fat free ingredients with great results)

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Thanks for sharing!

      1. Karen Green says:

        The Carajillo is one of our favorites, but Licor 43 with Lime Topo Chico or Coconut La Croix is fantastic!

  3. Margarita Neumann says:

    I enjoy your site very much. If I’m not mistaken the “carajillo” is not Mexican. One theory is that when Cuba was under Spanish rule, the Spanish Soldiers would mix coffee with rum for “corajillo” this is Courage in Spanish. The other two theories are playing with words from the Catalán language and turned into Spanish. Hope you find this interesting. Have a great day.