Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rum Cocktails

Unsafe at Any Speed

Unsafe at Any Speed cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Sambuca, the Italian anise-flavored liqueur, is a love-it-or-hate-it spirit. This cocktail, however, may serve to turn haters into fans.

“Anise can be polarizing, but pairing it with flavor profiles that play well together can turn a niche spirit into a crowd pleaser,” says Josh Daws, the bar manager at Frannie & The Fox in Hotel Emeline in Charleston, South Carolina. He feels the liqueur works well with citrus, spice and earthy flavors, as in this cocktail, which he calls a “citrusy, earthy, vegan riff on an egg white sour.” The effervescence of Topo Chico poured through the center of the glass gives the drink a foamy lifted head reminiscent of a Ramos Gin Fizz.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Appleton Reserve Jamaican rum

  • 3/4 ounce sambuca

  • 1/2 ounce St. George spiced pear liqueur

  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce Coco Lopez cream of coconut

  • 1/4 teaspoon Rare Tea Cellars matcha powder

  • 3 ounces Topo Chico sparkling mineral water, chilled


  1. Add all ingredients except the sparkling water into a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice).

  2. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.

  4. Slowly pour a stream of the sparkling water into the center of the glass until the foam rises slightly above the rim of the glass.