Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins
Licor 43, or Cuarenta Y Tres, is a bright yellow liqueur made by Diego Zamora S.A. in Spain. It is made from citrus and fruit juices, flavored with vanilla and other aromatic herbs and spices, in total 43 different ingredients. It is 31% alcohol by volume at 62 proof. <br> Licor 43 has gained increasing popularity within the last years and is more and more often used as an ingredient for a cocktail named "Caipirinha 43", in where it replaces the commonly used cachaca. Although the liquor is popular and available all over the globe, it is only recently that this liqueur is finding itself in regular liquor stores in the USA. Previously it was found in specialty shops and liquor stores of notable size.<br> The history of this fine liqueur supposedly dates back to the ninth century B.C.E when Phoenician traders found Carthage. The culture that emerged soon found themselves noted for their libations. The Carthaginians were repeatedly invaded and overrun throughout history, but managed to hold onto the recipes of their liqueurs. One of these ancient recipes survived and ingratiated itself into the Spanish culture and was even present on the trans-Atlantic voyages of Columbus. The recipe contained forty three different citrus fruits, aromatic plants and other ingredients. It came to be known simply as ‘Cuarenta Y Tres’. <br>
- In a cocktail shaker, using a wooden spoon or a pestle, muddle the lemon slices with the sugar until juicy and the sugar dissolves.
- Add the Licor 43, rum and the crushed ice and shake for 10 seconds; taste and add more sugar if desired.
- Pour (do not strain) into an old-fashioned glass or tumbler, add more ice if needed and serve.