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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. While the Tuaca brand is currently owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation, it under a pending sale to Sazerac Company expected to close on March 1, 2016.[1]

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.[2]

The liquor was first created as Brandy Milk, produced with milk, brandy and vanilla.[3] Later on, milk was dropped from the recipe, and the name was changed to Tuoca. In the 1960s, Mario di Grazia, an Italian and the owner of a chain of liquor stores in San Francisco, began selling the liquor in the United States. After that, in order to make easier the pronunciation in English the name changed again to Tuaca.[4]


  1. ^ "Brown-Forman Sells Southern Comfort and Tuaca to Sazerac for $544 Million;". BourbonBlog.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  2. ^ Tuaca official site
  3. ^ From the newspaper Il Tirreno, July 14, 2011
  4. ^ From the newspaper Il Tirreno, October 7, 2012

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