What is Strega Liqueur?:
Strega (Liquore Strega) is an Italian liqueur that has been produced in Benevento, Italy since 1860. The recipe is a mix of 70 herbs and spices which include Samnite mint, Ceylon cinnamon, Florentine iris, Italian Apennine juniper, fennel, and saffron. The saffron is the key to Strega's signature yellow color and the mint and juniper are two of the most pronounced flavors within the herbal mixture. Strega is aged in ash barrels to allow the various flavors and aromas to blend.
Interesting Strega Tidbits:
Strega is the Italian word for 'witch' and the liqueur is sometimes referred to as such. The name is appropriate because the town of Benevento has long been considered the City of Witches and folklore says it has been a gathering place for the witches of the world. Throughout the town one can find many strega products including candy that uses the liqueur.
The liqueur makes an appearance quite often in pop culture. It is often used as the drink of choice for Italian characters in movies, TV, and literature.
Strega also sponsors a literary prize for books called the Strega Prize.
Strega is considered a digestif to be imbibed after a meal and is commonly served straight or on the rocks. It can also be used in a variety of cocktails such as those below. Some also use it as a substitute for Yellow Chartreuse, though there is a significant difference in taste especially with the mint aspect.
- Belle of the Ball
- Cheater Five (reader submission)
- Italian Coffee
- Macbeth #2 Cocktail
- Midori Green Ghoul
- White Witch (reader submission)
- Witch Hunt
- Italian digestif liqueur
- 80 proof (40% alc/volume)
- Retails for around $35/750ml bottle
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