Galliano Sambuca White & coffee recipe

The combination of coffee and liquor is very common in many Mediterranean and Latin traditions. Get a taste of Italy with this super easy coffee sambuca recipe, perfect as an after-dinner treat. The strong anise flavor of sambuca pairs beautifully with the earthy notes of the coffee and it’s a delicious beverage to sip slowly after a hearty meal.

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Galliano Sambuca White & coffee ingredients

30 ml neat Galliano Sambuca white
1 glass of hot espresso or coffee

1 oz neat Galliano Sambuca white
1 glass of hot espresso or coffee

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Bartender’s note

Coffee sambuca is also known in Italian as “ghiaccio e mosche”, which translates to “ice and flies”—where the “flies” obviously refer to the floating coffee beans. To make coffee sambuca, all you need to do is float three coffee beans—never an even number of beans as it is considered bad luck—in one to two ounces of sambuca and sip it slowly as digestif. The three coffee beans symbolize health, happiness, and prosperity. To complement the anise notes in the sambuca, the beans can be chewed on. Some drinkers prefer to light the beverage on fire, known as flaming coffee sambuca, because it lightly toasts the beans.


Fill a beautiful after dinner glass with Galliano Sambuca white and serve next to a steamy coffee. If you like, you can can also add the sambuca in your coffee.

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