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.
Got a bottle of Licor 43 and not sure how to use it? You’ve come to the right place. Licor 43 is a bright yellow Spanish liqueur made with a secret blend of 43 herbs and spices. Take one sip, and you’ll raise your eyebrows 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.
Ready for the drink recipes? Here are all our best Licor 43 cocktails to show the versatility of this Spanish liqueur.
Our favorite Licor 43 cocktail? The Key Lime Martini! It's a vodka martini with the flavors of key lime pie. Does it sound like a drink with no substance? On the contrary: Licor 43 makes it taste sophisticated and nuanced, with a warm-spiced vanilla body to each sip. This one's absolutely stunning and great for impressing friends.
Ingredients: Licor 43, bottled key lime juice, vodka, heavy cream
Licor 43 and coffee are the perfect pairing! Carajillo is the Spanish term for spiked coffee, and the Licor 43 cocktail version of it is extremely popular in Mexico. One sip and you’ll taste sweet vanilla, chocolate and citrus against the bitter, rich notes of the coffee. It’s truly a match made in heaven!
It looks like beer, but we’ve got a secret. This Mini Beer Shot has nothing to do with a cold brew at all. Nope, this is a shot of a different nature: it pairs tasty vanilla Licor 43 liqueur and cream. The flavor? Sweet, nuanced, and delicious: essentially the exact opposite of beer. It’s a fun novelty: especially for people being introduced to this tasty liqueur for the first time.
Here's a 1970’s drink that works just as well with Licor 43: make way for the Harvey Wallbanger! This easy highball cocktail is the Screwdriver‘s more sophisticated cousin made with Galliano, an herbal Italian liqueur invented in the 1890’s. Substitute Licor 43 for the Galliano, and you've got a whole new drink! (You'll see this swap in a few more cocktail ideas.)
Here’s a Cuban cocktail that’s made all over the world…because it’s just that simple. Meet the Cuba Libre! This drink recipe has just 3 ingredients: lime, cola and rum. (Yep, it's basically a Rum and Coke.) Why not try it with a shot of Licor 43 to add intrigue? The vanilla notes perfectly compliment the cola.
Ingredients: Rum, cola, lime, Licor 43 (swap in 1 ounce for half the rum)
Here’s a tasty sweet and sour cocktail that’s uniquely delicious: the Yellow Bird! This bright yellow drink is a sour cocktail with a little extra bling: a nuanced finish with notes of vanilla and licorice. Usually it's made with Galliano, but why not try it with Licor 43? It makes an even tastier drink that's more vanilla-forward.
Ingredients: White rum, triple sec, lime juice, Licor 43
Here’s a creamy drink you need in your life: the Orange Creamsicle! This classy cocktail is a spin on the Golden Dream, popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. One sip and you’ll be instantly intrigued: in fact, it really tastes like a boozy Creamsicle! It’s creamy with a strong orange flavor: and the finish isn’t too sweet, with subtle notes of herbs and vanilla. Simply swap in Licor 43 for the Galliano.
Mix up a Dark and Stormy as a Licor 43 cocktail, and it's even tastier! The spicy flavor of ginger beer pairs well with the vanilla notes in Licor 43. In this classic cocktail, substitute half the dark rum for Licor 43 and prepare to be amazed.
Ingredients: Dark rum, ginger beer, lime, Licor 43