Traditionally grown in the region of Qurna in what is now Iraq, licorice root travelled, in ancient times, carried by merchants, all over the ancient world. Cleopatra is believed to have used the aromatic roots to enhance her beauty; now we can't vouch that having your coffee with Licorice Flavored Coffee Syrup will make you look exactly like Cleopatra but hey- who cares when it is so delicious? Roman soldiers were also known to chew on licorice roots during long marches to quench their thirst; and nowadays, if the prospect of chewing roots and going to war seems quite unappealing to you, why not have a dash of Licorice Flavored Coffee Syrup in a glass of mineral water with a slice of lemon instead, while you're at work? If it worked for the guys who built a huge empire, it should work for you!
Sure, you can stand in line at Starbucks and order your java with a squirt of sugary, artificial flavoring. Or you can make your own healthy, licorice-flavored coffee drink in the comfort of your own home. To make an Italian coffee drink with a sweet licorice flavor, simply grind fresh coffee beans with a pinch or two of anise seed to taste. And you won’t have to shell out the money for the expensive store-bought substitute!