Le Bateleur makes use of the Italian liqueur Strega. Strega is an herbal liqueur dating back to 1860 which is comprised of about 70 herbs and spices and aged in Ash barrels for a while to smooth things out. Strega is Italian for 'witch' and you'll notice references to that connection in the artwork on the bottle. The town of Benevento, Italy, where Strega is made, has similar associations dating back to the sixth century. Noticeable flavors include mint, fennel, juniper and cinnamon. Saffron is used as well which contributes to it's deep yellow color. It's delicious and likely to appeal to those with a soft spot for herbal liqueurs like Chartreuse and Benedictine.

Le Bateleur
Le Bateleur

This drink leads with an aroma of gin and lemon oil from the twist. The initial flavor picks up there with the gin's herbs and a light citrus presence from the lemon. This transitions quickly to the herbal qualities and sweetness of the Strega and then the darker, heavier, and more bitter components of the Cynar/Punt e Mes combo. There is a lasting bitter finish combined with a bit of heat from the gin and a pleasant lingering juniper taste.

Le Bateleur - Alexander Day, Death & Co., NYC
2 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Strega
1/4 oz Cynar
1 dash Angostura
Garnish - Lemon Twist

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