Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saffron (White) Witch

I love the look and taste of this cocktail. It really plays up two flavors present in Strega, the Italian Alpine liqueur with saffron and mint in abundance. Additionally it has a touch of Meletti Amaro, a saffron amaro with a bittersweet herbal flavor. Meletti is mild and lightly colored, so it doesn't really bitter this drink up too much, but allows the saffron color to shine through.

With all these intense herbal flavors going on, you are likely to miss the whiskey flavor. This is my first up drink with MurLarkey Justice white whiskey. This unaged whiskey has a lot of character, much like tequila or a Martinique rum. It is spicy and sticks out of your cocktail, however you use it, but it is much tamed by all this saffron and mint.
  • 2 oz. MurLarkey Justice
  • 1 oz. Strega
  • 1/2 oz. Meletti Amaro
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • mint sprig
Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the mint sprig.

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