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A 375 ml bottle of Tuaca.

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 liqueur is sweet and golden brown in color. Its ingredients include brandy, essence of orange, and vanilla. Vanilla is the dominant flavor. It is bottled at 70 proof (35% ABV).


The recipe supposedly dates back to the Renaissance. A legend claims that it was created for Lorenzo the Magnificent and rediscovered by Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canepa in 1938.[1]

The liquor was first created as Brandy Milk and it was produced with milk, brandy and vanilla.[2] 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.[3]


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 cream", etc).

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).

Buttuaca: (1/2 Butterscotch Schnapps, 1/2 Tuaca) - Shot.

Mediterranean Manhattan: (2 oz. Bourbon, 1 oz. Tuaca, 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup, squeezed lemon wedge) - Mix over ice, shake and strain; serve up or on the rocks.

Renaissance Margarita: (2 oz. Tequila, 1 oz. Tuaca, 1 oz. Amaretto, squeezed lime wedge) - Mix over ice, shake and strain; serve on the rocks.

Shano: (1 oz. Tuaca, 0.5 oz. Creme de Banana, splash of pineapple juice) - Mix over Ice.

Tuaca Bomb: (1.5 oz. Tuaca and Red Bull).

Tuaca Lemon Drop: (1.5 oz. Tuaca, 0.5 oz. Triple Sec, 1 oz. Sour mix, squeezed lemon wedge) - Mix over ice, shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass with ice.

Tuscan Mule: A variation of the Moscow Mule, but substitute Tuaca for the Vodka.

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.


  1. ^ Tuaca official site
  2. ^ From the newspaper Il Tirreno, July 14, 2011
  3. ^ From the newspaper Il Tirreno, October 7, 2012

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