Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Amber Witch

Just got back from camping over the holiday weekend.  Right before we left I went to the liquor store and chanced across something I'd never seen before: Strega.  From Wikipedia:

Strega (or Liquore Strega), is an Italian herbal liqueur produced since 1860 by the S. A. Distilleria Liquore Strega in Benevento, Campania, Italy. Its yellow color comes from the presence of saffron in its recipe. Liquore Strega is 80 proof (40%) and among its approximately 70 herbal ingredients are mint and fennel. Strega is considered a digestif, meant for drinking after meals.
Strega has a similar appearance to Galliano (though less vibrantly yellow). It is slightly sweet, semi-viscous, and has a bold, complex flavor with strong minty or coniferous notes.
Strega, of course, is 'witch' in Italian, so that didn't hurt either.  Anyway, I have a new favorite drink over absinthe.  It is very good neat, and I also invented my own cocktail using it.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  I call it the Amber Witch: equal parts Strega, orange juice, and quality ginger ale, on the rocks.

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