What is Tuaca

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Tuaca is an exotic type of alcohol that many people have never tasted, but its sweet flavor makes it an excellent liqueur to try!

What is Tuaca?

Tuaca is a liquor made by blending brandy with citrus essence and vanilla, which gives it a sweet flavor. It originated in Italy and has become increasingly popular in the United States in the recent years. As such, it is mostly used as a dessert liqueur, either combined with other drinks (often hot ones such as coffee or hot chocolate), added to dessert recipes, or drunk on its own in small amounts. Considering that it is made from brandy, which is distilled from wine, it is gluten-free and usually has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of approximately 35%.

Nutritional Facts

One ounce of tuaca contains roughly 103 calories, as well as 11 grams of carbohydrates, namely sugar. This contributes to the sweetness, obviously, and should therefore only be drunk in moderation.

Brandy in a small bottle with two glasses next to it

Tuaca is a flavored brandy liqueur originally produced by the Tuaco and Smith families of Brighton, England. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Tuaca Substitutes

If you’re unable to find tuaca, try some of these potential alternatives:

  • Licor 43, a Spanish alternative, which has similar vanilla and citrus flavors of other vanilla liqueurs
  • If you enjoy the orange flavor of this alcohol, Grand Marnier is also a great substitute
  • You can also try rum or brandy if you’re looking for a replacement that is more common, and you’d rather not go to the store and buy a whole new bottle of specialty alcohol
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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