Witchcraft Cocktails: Conjuring With Black Sambuca

Have you ever had Black Sambuca? It’s the kind of spirit where either you love it or hate it. Let’s take a closer look at the interesting herbal anise flavored liqueur.

Sambuca comes in various flavors. The black version  is actually more of a deep blue or inky purple  in color and most of the time it comes in a rather mysterious and sleek black bottle. The flavors in the spirit are witch elder bush, anise, and liquorice.

Made in Italy, it has long been considered a


digestif. Many think that it’s been ignored and should be used for cocktails in between and during dinner. Either way, It’s a spirit that should be sipped and savored.

A lot of people drink black sambuca with coffee or espresso. However, the most common ways to have it is neat, on the rocks, or as a shot. You can also add a bit of water to take a little of the edge off.

Black Sambuca is great for Halloween cocktails or any dark and gothic event that you conjure up or when you want to create a unique and sassy drink.

The following recipes are a few ways to get some black sambuca into your home bartending rotation.

Liquorice Fashioned


  • 20 ml Antica Black Sambuca

  • 50 ml Bourbon

  • 5  Dashes Angostura bitters

In a mixing glass, combine all of the ingredients and stir well with ice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with an orange zest.

(recipe from Antica Sambuca)

Black Bitch


  • 3/4 oz Black Sambuca

  • 3/4 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

  • 1/2 oz  Rum

Layer Bailey’s Irish Cream over black sambuca. Top with rum. No garnish.

Cafe Romano

  • 1 oz. Sambuca

  • 1 oz. Kahlua or Coffee Liqueur

  • 1 oz. Half & Half or Cream

  • 2 – 3 Coffee Beans

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.Drop in 2 or 3 coffee beans.

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