This hot coffee cocktail is defined by a single liqueur, as is the case with many other hot coffee cocktails. Strega is the spirit in the case at hand. Strega is an Italian digestif made with a blend of 70 herbs and spices, commonly called the “witches liqueur”. It combines its herbs blend — juniper, mint, and saffron — with coffee to create an especially intriguing and delicious drink. A great after-dinner coffee when brewed with dark-roasted beans, this special blend is made best with dark-roasted beans.
There is no substitute for Strega since it is a proprietary recipe. However, some compare it to Yellow Chartreuse, which would be a good substitute in this recipe. If you prefer, combine Strega with your double espresso and hot water to create an Americano. As an alternative to nutmeg, you can dust the cream with cinnamon or simply add a cinnamon stick (it also works as a stir stick).
Make sure your coffee is as flavorful as possible. When you usually use a drip coffee maker, consider the benefits of using French press or pour-over brewers to produce a richer brew for all of your hot coffee cocktails. You’ll improve your coffee taste big time. If you want to make your coffee taste better, you can start with whole beans and grind them yourself. When you grind a great deal at once, the subtle flavors lose their presence over time, so you can capture them by grinding only what you need at that moment. By warming your coffee glass or mug you can ensure that your beverage remains warm until the last sip. While brewing the coffee, you can fill the cup with hot water. A microwave would also work; you can fill the glass with water and microwave for about 10 seconds. Irish coffee traditionally has cream whipped on top of it. For a fun twist, you can also do this with a drink like the Irish coffee. It’s hard to beat canned whipped cream, but you can easily make your own.