The Italian Pantry: Digestives/Liqueurs

Italians love digestives and liqueurs. They are an acquired taste. So many of them have a licorice-like flavor. They are concoctions of herbs, plants and spices. Anisette is a liqueur made from the anise plant. It tastes like licorice. I’ve written about Strega before.

Strega

Frangelico is a hazelnut-flavored liqueur. I like its monk-shaped bottle.

I also like the Galliano bottle shaped like an Italian carabiniere, like my great-grandfather.

Of course, we still have the more familiar bottle, too, with its long, distinctive shape standing heads above the other liquor bottles on our buffet.

What is it used for? As a digestive after a big dinner or holiday dinner. It’s also used as a flavoring in coffee. You can also bake with them like the pane degli angeli cake with Strega recipe.

–Dina Di Maio

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