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Alcohol beverages from the Greek islands

Greece ● 16 July 2017
 

Greece and its alcohol scene is not only ouzo and unique wine varieties. Especially the Greek islands have a long tradition in the preparation of alcohol beverages that are delicious and innovative. The next time you will visit a Greek island, drink a glass of a local alcohol beverage, which is perfectly combined with the sea and the sun.

Tsipouro

Tsipouro is the Greek traditional distillation product, which was produced for the first time by the Greek orthodox monks in 14the century. You can find tsipouro everywhere in Greece, but some islands, like Lesvos, particularly brew tsipouro and create amazing varieties.

Ouzo

Ouzo is an anise-flavoured aperitif in Greece, which has been derived from the anise version of tsipouro. Lesvos produces ouzo in large quantities and in special varieties and has made ouzo the national drink of Greece. Mixed with water and ice cubes, is the perfect beverage together with seafood in a tavern by the sea.


Tsikoudia

Tsikoudia or raki is the local version of tsipouro in Crete, an alcoholic, grape-based beverage with 40-60% alcohol. Tsikoudia is home-produced in the villages of Crete, and typically, each Cretan village has one or two residents that are licensed to distil and produce tsikoudia. It is served cold, and it is offered as an aperitif after meal.

Psimeni raki

Psimeni raki (=baked raki) is alcohol distilled from grape pomace flavoured with honey and herbs. Psimeni raki is the traditional drink of Amorgos, and it is being produced from the monks in the monasteries of the island.

Rakomelo

Rakomelo is warmed raki with honey and herbs, and it is the perfect drink to feel the warmth and sweetness of alcohol. You can find rakomelo in many Greek islands, such as Amorgos, Serifos, Folegandros and Anafi.

Liqueur

In the Greek islands, you can also drink traditional liqueurs with local products of each island. In Aegina, is famous the liqueur with pistachio, in Naxos the liqueur with citron, in Lefkada liqueur with banana, mint or rose, in Crete liqueur with olive and in Kythira liqueur with orange, mandarin and cinnamon.

Mastic

Chios is the only place in the world, which produces the unique product of mastic from the mastic trees. In Chios but also in most places in Greece, you can drink the alcoholic version of mastic, which is sweet and has 20% alcohol. The taste is something you have never tasted before.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Frida
8.5 10
Hotel Frida
2, Zosimou Str., 11472 Athens, Greece

Built close to Strefi Hill in the center of Athens, Hotel Frida is a 16-minute walk away from Ambelokipi Metro Station, allowing easy access to Syntagma Square and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos".

Hotel in Delphi, Greece  Hotel Varonos
Hotel Varonos
25, Friderikis & Paulou Str., 33054 Delphi, Greece

Overlooking the Corinthian Gulf and Delphi Gorge, Hotel Varonos is located in the heart of Delphi village, a 15-minute walk from the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. The scenic village of Arachova is at 11 km and Parnassus ski center is approximately 20 km away. Delphi can be reached within a 2,5 hour drive from Athens.

Hotel in Ikaria, Greece Kastro Hotel
8.5 10
Kastro Hotel
Agios Kirykos, 83300 Ikaria, Greece

Being located on a hill Kastro Hotel overlooks the capital of Ikaria island, the picturesque village of Agios Kirykos. The port is at 650 meters, while the island's airport is 11.5 km away. Ikaria island has a ferry connection with Piraeus in Athens, Fournoi, Samos and Chios islands.


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