October 3, 2005

Tuaca Italian Liqueur Review

Name: Tuaca Liquore Italiano
Brandy-based liqueur, infused with citrus and spices
Alcohol Content:70 Proof
Typical Price: $20-$25 (750 ml bottle) - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Tuaca Italian LiqueurWe should start this review off by saying we don't usually like flavored liquors. They're generally too sweet, and leave a cloying aftertaste that overpowers their mixers. That being said, we were very, very impressed with Tuaca. It is a bit sweet, but not ridiculously so, and the citrus and spices served each mixer we tried differently, bringing out a variety of tastes.

We chilled our bottle in the freezer before the review, and our first taste was neat, in a shot glass. The taste was mellow and fairly complex, and while it's not something we would normally drink straight, we liked it. We didn't really find Tuaca to be a shooting liquor either, or at least not straight...we liked it in a slower, sipping-oriented way.

Next, we cued up a Tuaca Blaster, a combination of a shot of Tuaca and Red Bull (pictured, in a layered shot glass). We liked this a whole lot better than your traditional Red Bull and vodka, because the citrus undertones of the Tuaca covered up the Red Bull's medicinal taste and gave the whole drink a great flavor.

Our third and final test drink was a shot of Tuaca mixed with coke, which also impressed us. It was a little bit sweeter than your typical rum and coke, and overall it tasted like a vanilla coke with a twist of lemon. Tuaca's alcoholic taste was understated, and we could imagine ourselves sitting on a porch somewhere at sunset, sipping it and feeling the day's cares drain away.

Some other cocktail suggestions include the Tuscan Mule (Tuaca and ginger beer, garnished with lime), Tuaca Hot Apple Pie (mix it with hot apple cider and garnish it with a cinnamon stick), or even a splash of the liqueur in coffee. Find more Tuaca recipes at the the liqueur's site, and let us know if you have any other suggestions.

Overall, we liked it, and we liked it a lot. While it's not something we would typically think to keep around the Liquor Snob offices, our liquor cabinet will now be considered lacking if it doesn't contain a bottle.

Rating: Four out of Five Liquor Snob Icon

Site: www.tuaca.com
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 3, 2005 8:21 AM


Recent Comments

My favorite way to drink it is to mix Tuaca and a splash of lime juice over ice, shake, and serve in a shot glass.

Tuaca-N-lime is delicious and potentially very dangerous (easy going down and delicious enough for numerous shots).

Posted by: Jerry at March 19, 2013 3:02 AM

Does anybody have any information on fermenting Tuaca with Finlandia 100 proof, over proof Rum, pineapple juice and brown sugar. It's called a Maui Martini and is mixed in proper proportions and fermented for three days @ room temperature and chilled before serving in an aperture glass? Suppossed to rival moonshine in potentcy and is OHHH! so SMOOOOTH! Thanks

Posted by: Rad Puppy at March 30, 2011 11:24 AM

Chill the bottle of Tuaca in the freezer. Prior to pouring a shot, shake the bottle to aerate the Tuaca and then pour the shot. Makes for a much smoother (sometimes too smooth) experience.

Posted by: Alan at January 14, 2010 5:27 PM

Try mixing tuaca and butterscotch schnapps half and half chilled in a shot glass. Take it as a shot. Has the taste of a wearthers origional

Posted by: john at January 9, 2009 1:09 AM

I researched Tuaca because I has the most delicious drink at a Cantina in Osage Beach Mo.
They call it "3R's" It Is Sauza Tre Generaciones; Tuaca and sour mix. It is served with as salted rim and is just dreamy.

Posted by: morgan at October 22, 2008 7:39 PM


Posted by: RON FERNANDEZ at August 29, 2008 8:37 PM

Tried this at a local club in Sacramento las weekend, they were giving out samples and I have to admit, I gotta get some. Its very smooth, yet complex. I could see mixing it, sipping it everything. Checked out the site and they have some great drink ideas. Very good and will recommend to all my friends and family.

Posted by: Cherish at May 23, 2008 6:49 PM

my friend and i drank it recently as follows. 30mls tuaca, ice, squeeze lemon over ice, drop wedge of lemon in glass and top up with dry ginger ale. beautiful!

Posted by: michelle at January 12, 2008 6:41 PM

My favorite drink discovery was rum and coke with a splash of tuaca. I figured it out after taking a shot of tuaca before drinking a rum and coke.. mixed it all together and it's been my drink ever since.

I usually just ask for rum and coke with a splash of tuaca. Have yet to run into a bar or restaurant here in Oregon that doesn't have tuaca on hand.

Kevin Hoy

Posted by: Kevin Hoy at June 22, 2007 7:37 PM

I LOVE Tuaca with Vanilla Vodka and pineapple juice. Make sure you serve it in a rocks glass...not too many bartenders here in arizona are on to this wonderful drink.

Posted by: Deb at April 27, 2007 7:26 PM

I just recently had this drink for the first time last weekend. Just had it on the rocks, and I loved it. I knew I had to go out and buy a bottle and today I did...

Posted by: Heather B at February 7, 2007 10:09 PM

I suggest trying Tuaca with Chambord. Rather you simply mix the two or add some sour and sprite to it. When drinking Tuaca always remember it is best chilled. And for all of the Jager fans, Jager is a one trick puppy two if your since of taste is alittle distrot. Thus stock your bar with Tuaca, skip the Jager bombs and have a Tuaca Blaster, Tuaca and Coke, Tuaca Rasberry Lemonade, Tuaca chilled, Tuaca Dreamsickel, Tuaca limon drop. You name it. PS Tuaca is a liqure and as smooth as it comes.

Posted by: Jorjie at November 11, 2006 10:30 PM

I drink Tuaca with a Low-Carb Monster energy drink. I cant hang with a Jager-bomb so I do a 'Tuaca Bomb'

Posted by: Patches at August 24, 2006 11:53 AM
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