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Episode 9: Tuaca Originale Italiano
Episode 95th June 2020 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 9 features Tuaca Originale Italiano liqueur. This sweet, brandy based liqueur flavored with citrus and vanilla is said to date all the way back to the 15th century. It's 35% alcohol by volume, 70 proof. Uses Italian brandy, but made in Canada by Sazerac.

Enjoy this episode with some chilled Tuaca!

Tuaca's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 15th Century - Liqueur created to honor Lorenzo de Medici, ruler of Florence, Italy
  • 1938 - Recipe rediscovered and recreated by Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canepa in Livorno, Italy
  • 2004 - Brand purchased by Brown-Forman
  • 2010 - Distillery in Livorno, Italy closed permanently
  • 2016 - Brand acquired by Sazerac

Key Cocktail:

Tuaca is best served chilled, just straight or on the rocks, but it works well in several cocktails.

Hot Apple Pie:

  • 2 oz. Tuaca
  • 6 oz. warm apple cider
  • Whipped cream to garnish
  • Cinnamon (stick or ground) to garnish

Mix in a mug and enjoy!

Additional cocktail recipes can be found on Tuaca's website.


Article on the closing of the Livorno distillery: Goodbye Tuaca

Washington Post Article: Tuaca - You Heard It Here First

Wikipedia article on Tuaca

Wikipedia article on Sazerac

The Spruce Eats: Tuaca

The Spirits Business: Sazerac gives Tuaca new recipe and design

The story behind Brighton, England's love of Tuaca

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