This after-dinner cocktail celebrates the complexity of Strega liqueur and the sugar rim provides a balance that brings out the lemon tartness of the drink, according to the creator, Erin Gutar, a mixologist from Haifa Israel, who says it is a “distant cousin of Sam Ross’ Paper Plane. It brings out the Strega in harmony with the other ingredients.
The cocktail is named after the magnificent painting by Francisco Goya. According to Wiki, Vuelo de Brujas, also known as Witches in Flight or Witches in the Air) is an oil on canvas painting completed in 1798 by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. It was part of a series of six paintings related to witchcraft acquired by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna in 1798. It has been described as “the most beautiful and powerful of Goya’s Osuna witch paintings.”
Strega Liqueur (Liquore Strega) is an herbal Italian liqueur with a unique flavor and a distinctive bright yellow color. It’s a digestif (or amaro) made from a secret recipe that includes about 70 botanicals, most notably saffron, mint, and juniper berries. It hails from the town of Benevento, Italy and is also known as the “witches liqueur.” A very popular liqueur in Italy, it’s enjoyed on its own or in cocktails and has dedicated fans throughout the world.
The recipe from Difford’s Guide features Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, but I substituted a bit darker Amaro Averna Siciliana that works – the lemon juice is set off by that oh-so tasty sugary rim.
What you need
Fresh Lemon for juice
Coarse sugar or granulated sugar
3/4 oz Bourbon
3/4 ox Strega Liqueur
3/4 oz Italian Bitters such as Amaro Averna
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
What you do
Moisten rim of chilled coupe glass with lemon wedge.
Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add ingredients, cover and shake.
Strain into chilled and rimmed coupe glass.