Is there anything quite like: Myrtle Liqueur

Not at all a complicated recipe, you just need the right ingredients and a little patience. A quick reminder: the myrtle berries come from a Mediterranean shrub called ‘Tarentum myrtle’, very persistent and resisting in particular to the heat.

If you’re wondering when would be the best time to pick the berries, the answer is from September – December. Usually appreciated as an after-dinner liqueur, and why not after a good Corsican meal ! The Corsicans just love their liqueur and love making it too. 

Ingredients:

For 1 litre:
– 75cl eau de vie
– 40g myrtle berries
– 100g sugar
– 15cl water

Method:

Having washed and dried the myrtles, place them in a jar or a glass bottle (minimum 1L). Cover the fruit with the eau de vie and close hermetically. 
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The continual charm and attraction of Erbalunga

This charming and sought after village can be found up north, at around ten kilometres from Bastia, and can be considered another beautiful example of what the ‘Cap Corse’ can offer. Particularly visited over the summer months, and maintaining a preserved and authentic village character. One notices the small, quaint streets with old stone houses, and it is known to be one of the most attractive villages not only of the island, but also of the Mediterranean itself. 

The spectacular ruins of a Genoese tower built during the XVI century at the entrance of the port remain a highlight, this tower was classified as a historical monument in 1995. 
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Let’s continue our Corsican proverbs for you to discover

                                                      

 

   A chi un arrisica, un arruzzica
– Nothing ventured, nothing gained

A lingua ossu un hà e ossu tronca
– The tongue is boneless, but can break bones

A strada bedda un hè mai longa
– A clear path never seems long
 
 A chi l’attempa a perdi
– He who difers, ends up losing

L’amori hè cecu
– Love is blind

U mondu hè fattu à scala, a chi codda e à chi fala
– The world is like a ladder, some go up and others come down

 

Photo: Omigna Let’s Talk About Corsica © 

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Extract from: La Corse des écrivains, by Thierry Ottaviani

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Fred is a self-taught artist, who spent his childhood sketching, and more specifically, sketching poetry. One day, he decided he wanted to paint, and asked his mother to bring him to buy paints – she thought he was going through one of his changeable phases and reacted as such by saying: ‘that’s all we need now, for you to start painting!’ – and, even today, these memories remain his fondest.
 
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