Licor 43 Recipes

Licor 43 Recipes

What’s better than a moonshine cocktail? A moonshine cocktail with Licor 43! Marry your moonshine with Licor 43 for the perfect blend for your next cocktail. 

While many people consider moonshine a strong liquor for sippin’ it is also a great option for making cocktails. Expanding into the world of cocktails is a great way for moonshine virgins to get their first taste, and to share your love of moonshine with family and friends. 

While moonshine is a great base for cocktail recipes all on its own, it is an exceptional partner for Liquor 43. 

Similar Past, Great Tastes

While many people are aware of the illicit past of moonshine, they are usually much less familiar with the origins of Liqvor Mirabilis. This spirit was the inspiration for Licor 43. 

Liqvor Mirabilis was produced in the Spanish city Cartagena which is located near the Mediterranean coast. Liqvor Mirabilis was an aromatic golden concoction that was infused from local fruits and herbs during the 3rd century.  The Romans encountered the spirit when they conquered the region in 209 BC. Unfortunately, they banned its production and consumption. Despite this, the Carthaginians continued producing in secret. Well, doesn’t that sound familiar?

This legend served as an inspiration for Diego Zamora, along with his brother and sister, Angel and Josefina Zamora, and Josefina's husband Emilio Restoy. This group came together to create Licor 43 in 1946. 

Licor 43 is so named because it consists of 43 different ingredients. Liquor 43 is golden yellow in color and has a warm, smooth and creamy flavor profile. While the recipe is a closely guarded family secret, it is believed to contain citrus and fruit juices, and to be flavoured with vanilla. 

Similar to moonshine, you can drink Liquor 43 neat, over ice, or use it in a variety of cocktails. So it only makes sense that combining the two would make a deliciously strong drink that many would enjoy. 

Choosing the Right Moonshine


While most spirits are made to be sipped or shot, moonshine is really the exception. The average proof of moonshine is about 160 proof or 80% alcohol. In comparison, vodka is about 80 proof or 40% alcohol.  Swapping out vodka for moonshine means that you are adding twice as much alcohol into your cocktail or shot. Considering how hard taking a shot of any type of hard liquor can hit someone, double its effects can be dangerous. 

It is for this reason that we suggest diluting your moonshine 50% for this recipe. Not only will it save more ‘shine, but it will also make sure that anyone consuming these drinks will be less likely to be sick, or overindulge. 

It is also important to consider which type of moonshine would work best not only in any mixed cocktail or shot, but a cocktail or shot like this. Many moonshiners will use their lower quality yields for cocktails or mixing and drink their higher quality runs with less additives. Likewise, if you have a yield that has a sweeter and smoother flavor, it would work well with the other flavors in this recipe and create a quality drink. 

Is it Safe to add Moonshine to a Cocktail? 

Those who are hesitant to try moonshine are often won over by cocktails and shots. The reason being is that they get all the taste of the other ingredients mixed in with the strong kick of moonshine. 

While many worry about the effects of drinking moonshine (due to worries about ingesting methanol) arguably, the real danger lies in overconsumption.

The high alcohol content requires moonshine to be sipped, yet mixing moonshine in a cocktail or shot can be a dangerous choice. It is for this reason that moonshine should always be diluted before it is added to a mixed drink or shot. This will protect you from overserving your guests (or overconsuming yourself!) 

The best way to protect yourself and your guests is to make sure they know there is moonshine in their drink or shot. They will know to take it easy and you know their moonshine is diluted anyway. 


Get the Right Equipment for the Job

Making your own moonshine is easy with the Mist 1 Gallon Air Still. The Mist is about the same size as your kitchen kettle and just as easy to use. 

The simple design of the Mist means that you can get quality shine at the press of a button. 



copper moonshine whiskey still

Climax Moonshine Banana Drop

banana drop


This recipe yields one shot. However, you can easily multiply the recipe to make a large quantity of drinks for a party. 


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  • 1 ½ oz moonshine
  • ¾ oz banana liqueur 
  • ¼ oz Licor 43  
  • 1 TBSP sugar*
  • 1 TSP of cinnamon*

*optional for the rim


  1. If choosing to rim the shot glass: the first step is to mix the cinnamon and sugar well and then place in a small plate. Dip the rim of a shot glass in water, then roll in a mixture of the cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Set aside to dry.
  3. Add your moonshine, banana liqueur and Licor 43 to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  4. Shake well and strain into the rimmed shot glass. 

Recipe Note:

Again, it is important to make sure your guests know that this shot will be strong. Rimming the shot glass with cinnamon and sugar is not necessary but makes for a really cool presentation. 

This shot can easily be multiplied into a sweet signature cocktail for any occasion. For a fun twist, try a chocolate Twist and make a Drunken Banana. For this slight twist on the Climax Banana Moonshine Drop, try adding a chocolate twist! Instead of rimming the glass with cinnamon and sugar, use dark chocolate syrup instead. 

Drunken Banana


This recipe yields one cocktail. Sip slowly as this one is sweet but strong! 


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  • 1 ½ oz moonshine
  • ¾ oz banana liqueur 
  • ¼ oz Licor 43  
  • 1 oz Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao 
  • 1 TBSP  Dark Chocolate Syrup*

*optional for the rim


  1. Instead of a shot, these ingredients make a delicious cocktail. Pour dark chocolate around the inside rim of the glass and allow to drip down dramatically. 
  2. Add the moonshine, banana liqueur, creme de cacao, and liquor 43 into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
  3. Shake well and strain into your cocktail glass. 
  4. Serve immediately.