Molinari Extra is a sweet and strong liqueur, anise-flavoured, prepared with a recipe the Molinari family will never reveal, made from star anise seeds, sugar, herbs and rather fine and precious spices.
The history of Molinari is not just the history of a company or a brand, it is instead the story of a name that became an institution both in Italy and worldwide, a name so important it is synonymous with the drink itself.
Back in 1945, in Civitavecchia, Angelo Molinari, an experienced and skilled ‘liquorista’, establishes the company and creates a first-class product, with an unmistakable flavour: ‘Sambuca Extra’.Produced for the first fourteen years by artisans following the traditional methods, Sambuca Extra Molinari quickly grew in popularity all over Italy, becoming the emblematic drink of "La Dolce Vita" in Rome.
Thanks to the quality of the ingredients, well-planned marketing strategies and brilliant communication, Molinari Extra keeps infatuating Italy and the world, still under the guidance of the Molinari family; today, the company's board of directors brings together the second and third generation of the "inventors" of Sambuca.
An aromatic Italian liqueur, Sambuca is based on star or green anise essential oils, which are often blended with other herbs such as licorice or elderflower for complexity. These are mixed into a sugar-based concentrate, which is then blended with pure alcohol. While white Sambuca is the most common, there are other types. Black expressions taste more strongly of licorice while red versions usually have a strong cinnamon note. Sambuca may be served neat or on the rocks but goes exceptionally well with coffee, where it is often used in place of sugar as a sweetener.