In-the-know folks are already familiar with Licor 43, the Spanish liqueur. But did you know there’s a new vegan version out? That’s blended with horchata? Allow us to introduce you to Licor 43 Horchata, your new favourite drink.
The original Licor 43, for those who don’t know, is a sweet golden-yellow liqueur created by the Zamora family — with a secret recipe involving 43 ingredients. It’s part Mediterranean citrus, part botanic (coriander), mixed with sweet vanilla and spices, floral orange & lemon blossom cut with citrus peel. Now, the Licor 43 family welcomes Licor 43 Horchata.
100% plant-based, Licor 43 Horchata is dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. And did we mention that it’s vegan? It’s a fusion of Licor 43 Original and natural horchata from Valencia, Spain.
What’s horchata? you might ask. And of course you would, since it’s not super common outside of Spain, Africa, or the Americas. As someone from Chicago — home to the second-largest Mexican population in the U.S. — I’ve loved it for ages. The Latin American version is made from rice and cinnamon, sweetened with sugar, and served on ice. In Africa and Spain they use tiger nuts (not real nuts) instead of rice — beloved by the Ancient Egyptians and brought to Valencia, Spain via the Moors.
The Licor 43 Horchata is a cream liqueur, but not like one you’ve tasted before. It’s much lighter than something like Bailey’s (which we also love, don’t get us wrong), and has a taste you’ve likely not experienced outside of a Mexican taqueria in Chicago. (Just me?)
Valencian Cafe 43
50ml Licor 43 Horchata
45ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Cold-Press Espresso Coffee
Pour ingredients into a shaker.
Shake well, strain, and serve into a coupe glass.
50 ml Licor 43 Horchata
25 ml Villa Massa Limoncello
Fill a small glass with crushed ice.
Pour Licor 43 Horchata + Villa Massa Limoncello
Stir and decorate
Horchata 43 Puro – The Plus Ones’ Twist
Licor 43 Horchata
Salade de Fleurs dried flowers from The Essential Ingredient
Pour a small measure of Licor 43 Horchata into your glass.
Then, simply, drink (via a straw).
You can see above that we put our own twist on the simple method of Licor 43 Horchata on ice, choosing to pep up the garnish and drink it with a cute straw.
No matter how you service Licor 43 Horchata, you’ll be in a for a treat. Salud!
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa loves that horchata is becoming a ‘thing’ in Australia now. Follow her on her Instagram.
Licor 43 Horchata retails for $39.99 at Dan Murphy’s (online), BoozeBud, Tipple, and selected independent retailers.