Cocktail: Caffè Della Strega | Bartender: Matthew Sinagoga

I created this cocktail for the Homebar Awards 2022 Finals. This cocktail is inspired by my family’s Italian tradition of ending every meal with espresso and a digestive. I wanted to recreate this tradition in the form of an anise drink. The name “Strega” is Italian for witch, and in Benevento, Italy (The City of Witches) it is common to light the liqueur/spirit before drinking. This drink ignites with the spirit of the Strega! I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I had fun making it. Cheers!


0.75oz Lucid Superieure Absinthe
0.75oz Evangelista Punch Abruzzo
0.75oz Frangelico
2 Dashes Cocoa Angostura Bitters
Cinnamon and Nutmeg Spice Mix
Orange Twist
Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cube

Free Cold Brew Coffee in King cube tray overnight. Arrange two tempered goblet glasses (any tempered stem glass will work) on a service plate. In the right glass, place on Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cube. In left glass, add all of the remaining ingredients except the orange twist and spice mix.

Ignite the left glass with a blowtorch and dust Spice Mix over glass to create sparks. Pour the contents from the left glass over the Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cube in the right glass. Stir until the flame is extinguished and keep stirring for 20-30 seconds. Express the orange twist and discard.

Matthew Sinagoga
My name is Matt and I love to do Mixology! During Covid, all the bars closed so I brought the bar home. I fell in love with the art of creating cocktails and I started to recreate my favorite recipes. What started as a hobby has grown into a legitimate side hustle and I cant wait to see where this journey takes me 🙂
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