In the book, The Godfather, Tom Hagen is found in the study drinking Strega: Some liquid courage before he tells Don Coreleone of his sons’ demise.
I was introduced to Strega at the Widder Bar in Zurich by my good friend Francesco, and since the liqueur has become a staple in my bar. J+
“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.”
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.
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.
It makes the ideal after dinner drink – served chilled.
To learn more about Strega: http://www.strega.it/strega_alberti/9_il_liquore_strega.html