This cocktail is an excellent simple recipe for any party, but its name lends itself well to a spooky Halloween party of course! The name is given due to a secret ingredient hidden in the cocktail – Strega herbal liqueur. Strega is Italian for witch, and your party guests will be searching to identify that mystery ingredient giving its unique taste to the cocktail..
The notion of the witch hunt can be traced right back as far as the 18th Century BC and follows history right through to modern times where today, official laws against witchcraft can still be seen in places like Saudi Arabia and Cameroon.
Of course, the most notorious of all witch hunts is the Salem witch trials which happened in colonial Massachusetts between February 1962 and May 1963. During this time there were no less than twenty executions on the accusations of witch craft and a further 5 people died in prison while awaiting trial and sentencing. The most well-known names attached to the Salem witch trials are of course Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba.
The Salem witch trials have been referenced many times in popular culture, perhaps most noted is the Arthur Miller play, ‘The Crucible’ – a partially fictionalised story of the Salem witch trials, written as an allegory for McCarthyism and first performed in January 1953. Today in Salem Massachusetts the history is still very much alive, with the Salem Witch Museum and many other tourist attractions.
Now let’s learn how to make our very own simple but delicious witch hunt cocktail:
- 30 ml Scotch whiskey
- 15 ml dry vermouth
- 7.5 ml Strega herbal liqueur
- 3/4 fil an old-fashioned cocktail glass with crushed ice.
- Adding one ingredient at a time build the cocktail over the ice.
- Stir to finish.
- Old-fashioned cocktail glasses
- Cocktail stirrer