It is a tasty and pleasant liqueur with over 40 herbs and roots
Around the middle of the last century the production of homemade liqueurs and spirits was a very common activity in Salento, an agricultural world where buying distillates was quite unusual. In some bars you could taste, in particular, bitter liqueurs made by craftsmen from the infusion of local herbs and roots and used to spike coffee.
The “correction” spirit
A funny anecdote tells that a Franciscan friar of the convent of the Minor Friars of Cupertino, encouraged the bar holders, that spiked coffee with homemade liqueurs, to use them not only for coffee but also for their thoughts and actions! This exhortation was for every customer, who sipped his spiked coffee, to think consciously about which side of himself he had to modify to become a better person.