Liquorice stick (cocktail)

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Licorice stick
A Licorice stick or Regaliz served in a short tumbler.
Type Mixed drink
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish long piece of black licorice.
Standard drinkware 12 oz. glass
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a piece of black licorice.
Notes Garnish with a piece of black licorice.

Liquorice Stick (/ˈlɪkɒrɪstɪk/) or alternatively spelled Licorice Stick, also known as a "Regaliz," is a highball (cocktail) made of cola, anisette or absinthe, and black licorice as a garnish. It originated in Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal where it was called a "pauzinho de alcaçuz" as an alternative to the rum and cola drink called a "cuba libre". In Spain it is called a "palito de orozuz". It was introduced into the U.S. through the Portuguese communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Recipe variations[edit]

Confectionery licorice sticks from which the cocktail receives its name.

Licorice stick cocktails can be mixed with just about any anis flavored liqueur.

Local variations[edit]

  • In Portugal, where the drink originates, it is often mixed with "anisette" but an older method considered more authentic is to make the drink using "absinthe" then cola is poured in over a sugar cube and ice
  • In Spain there is another variation, made with Anis del Mono and cola
  • In Greece Thessaloniki, there is another variant, that consists of "ouzo" and cola
  • In the Italy the drink is usually served with "sambuca" instead of anisette and mixed with cola