- Food and Cooking
Yesterday meets today with heritage Tuaca Liquore Italiano
For so many beverages in the world - except for some beers -- we have no idea what they tasted like 600 years ago. But you don't have to belong to SCA to enjoy the romance of drinking a liqueur from the Renaissance! Tuaca has a long, storied history as an elegant beverage for entertaining; I was happy to be hosted to experience it.
Tuaca's legend is that it was created in the 15th century for Lorenzo the Magnificent (de Medici). He was to his era in Florence -- politically and in sponsorship of cultural advancement -- what Louis XIV "The Sun King" of France was to the Baroque era. Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michaelango were among the artists sponsored at court.
It was renamed in the 1930s Tuaca after brothers-in-law Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canepa. Like in ancient times, the liqueur is made with imported Italian brandy infused with Mediterranean citrus and vanilla spice.
I experienced a nose of cooked butterscotch pudding and brown sugar. The flavor brought out notes of vanilla creme brulee', sweetness, spice, brown sugar-white sugar-salted caramel notes. It's sweet, but not cloying. The liqueur has a medium fluid consistency and deep honey color.
They describe it as having flavor notes of "buttery caramel, citrus, dried fig and honey". Tuaca is recommended to drink as an ice cold shot -- so keep it in the freezer! -- or as a versatile addition to mixed drinks. The signature Tuaca drink is The Lemon Drop, made with chilled Tuaca and a lemon wedge. Nothing could be simpler this summer!
Tuaca is 70 proof, 35% ABV. It is now available in the US in several sizes.