Italians always have one or more bottles of Strega in their homes. The rich, spicy flavor is mellow yet inviting. Strega is Italian for witch, so it is effectively a witch’s brew of spices.
Many who buy the commercial version keep it for many years without using it, which is a shame. When it is used, usually it is served as an after-dinner drink for special occasions or holidays like Easter or Christmas.
- 6 cardamon pods
- 3 teaspoon anise seed
- 2 1/4 teaspoon chopped angelica root
- 3 inch stick cinnamon
- 1 clove
- 1/4 scant teaspoon mace
- 1 fifth vodka
- 1 Cup sugar syrup
- Remove the cardamon seeds from the pods; discard the pods and crush the seeds in a mortar. The anise seeds should also be worked for a few minutes in the mortar.
- Combine all ingredients except the sugar syrup in a large jar. Shake well and steep for one week.
- Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth several times. Add the syrup and you are ready to enjoy.