Tuaca (Italian pronunciation: [tuˈaːka]) is a brand of liqueur originally produced by the Tuoni and Canepa families of Livorno, Italy, and now produced by Brown-Forman of Louisville, Kentucky. March 31, 2010, marked the closure of Livorno's historic Tuaca plant.
The liquor was first created as Brandy Milk and it was produced with milk, brandy and vanilla. Later on, it was decided to not use the milk any longer and to change the liquor's name to Tuoca. In the 1960s, thanks to an Italian living in California, Mario di Grazia, owner of a chain of liquor stores in San Francisco, the selling of the liquor started in the United States. After that, in order to make easier the pronunciation in English the name changed again to Tuaca.
Tuaca is a mild, sweet-ish liquor that mixes well with a wide variety of various hot and cold liquids and often added to desserts (e.g., "Tuaca & coffee", "Tuaca & hot tea", "Tuaca & ice creme", etc). Tuaca is so often ordered as a mix, that Tuaca "neat" is often referred to (informally) as "Tuaca & Tuaca".
Tuaca is most often served as a chilled shot, which may include a splash of ginger ale, cola, or hot apple cider (1 oz Tuaca, splash mix).
Tuaca Bomb: Made with Tuaca and Red Bull (1.5 oz Tuaca).
Tuaca Pineapple: (1.5 oz Tuaca, pineapple juice) Build on ice, pour into a highball glass over ice; fill glass with pineapple juice after liquor is poured.
Tuacreamsicle: (2 oz Tuaca, 1 oz orange juice, splash of soda water) Mix over ice, shake and serve.
Tuawesomeness: (1.5 oz Tuaca, splash of Sprite) Shot.
Tuscan Mule: A variation of the Moscow Mule. Substitute Tuaca for the vodka.
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