Unique Flavors for Drinks: 10 Interesting Facts About Licorice

Licorice is definitely one of those love-or-hate flavors. You don’t find too many people riding the fence on the licorice debate. Though we don’t currently make a licorice beverage syrup, some members of our team are big fans of this weed. That’s right, licorice is actually a weed! Learn ten more interesting facts about licorice, one of the most unique flavors for drinks…

Anise Syrup

If you’re looking for a few ideas on how to use anise, try adding it to a root beer float, or mixing it with a dark spiced rum.

10 Facts About Licorice

  • The distinctive licorice taste primarily comes from the glycyrrhizic acid in the roots. This acid is 50x sweeter than sugar. That’s a lot of sweetness for one little root!
  • Like many herbs and roots, ancient cultures around the world used licorice for a variety of medicinal purposes. The Egyptians, Hindus, Greeks, and Chinese all used licorice medicinally. Early Chinese cultures used licorice to fight cancer.
  • In fact, the use of licorice against cancer is an idea with some substance… Studies done by Rutgers University indicate the licorice can be effective in treating prostate and breast cancer.
  • Licorice is one of the oldest candies in existence. The modern form that we enjoy has its earliest traces in a 17th century candy from Holland.
  • There’s at least one famous character in history with a penchant for licorice: Napoleon Bonaparte. The French Emperor loved licorice so much that his teeth were often darkly discolored!
  • Napoleon isn’t the only political figure to stand behind licorice. There’s written evidence that Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar both endorsed licorice as being good for health!
  • Licorice candy is now manufactured in Europe, the United States, and Australia.
  • We said that licorice is a unique flavor for drinks, and we’re certainly not the only ones who think so. According to Egyptian hieroglyphics, the culture’s men drank a popular licorice-flavored beverage.
  • Licorice can relieve the pain of ulcers.
  • Licorice is supposed to be healthy for the adrenal glands, too!

Love licorice? Try Amoretti Premium Anise Syrup. The aniseed is quite similar to licorice, and is commonly used as a substitute in the United States. Or, try another one of our unique beverage syrups and pair it with real licorice! You can muddle real licorice in a cocktail shaker or blend it with other ingredients in order to come up with some tasty and unique drink creations. If you create a great licorice drink recipe, share it with us on the Amoretti Facebook page!

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