Sambuca comes from an Arabic word Zammut. This was the name of an anise-flavoured drink that arrived at the port of Civitavecchia.
Others believe the Greek word Sambuca was used as the name of a liquor that was created in Civitavecchia.
According to the story of origin, the first commercially available sambuca was sold by Luigi Manzi in Civitavecchia, Italy
Sambuca has no connection with the sambuco plant! Sambuca is traditionally served with three coffee beans, legend has it that Angelo Molinari, who helped popularize the liquor after World War II, came up with the idea.