Strega Coffee

"Liquore Strega," also known simply as "Strega," is the famous yellow Italian herbal liqueur made from a secret recipe using saffron and about 70 other herbs and spices. A complex liqueur, it has a strong liquorice flavor, most likely coming from fennel or anise. Liquore Strega has been produced since 1860 by the S. A. Distilleria Liquore Strega in Benevento, Campania, Italy. (Strega is literally the Italian word for "witch.") Strega can be also added to hot coffee to make "caffe corretto" (literally, "spiked coffee").

Below is an example of a recipe using Liquore Strega and coffee.

Witch's Coffee Pour the Strega into an attractive heat-resistant glass with a handle. Add sugar. Fill the glass to about an inch of top with strong, fresh-brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Strega is considered a "digestivo" to be imbibed after a meal [A digestivo is served after a meal to aid digestion.] As such, this witchy coffee concoction would best be enjoyed as an after dinner drink--or possibly after a large midday meal.

When I taste-tested this recipe, I didn't have an Irish coffee glass. So I mixed it in a large mug. I later also experimented with adding in about once once Half and Half, which reduced the amount of coffee. I personally found it to be delicious.

copyright October 2012 Myth Woodling

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