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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.

Ouzo

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.

Tsikoudia

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 & Hostel in Karpenisi, Greece Guesthouse Oihalia
Guesthouse Oihalia
Fidakia, 36100 Karpenisi, Greece

Guesthouse Oihalia is located in the small traditional village of Fidakia, 26.5 km away from Karpenisi. Lake Kremaston is approximately a 10-minute drive away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Pasiphae Hotel
8.8 10
Pasiphae Hotel
34 Poseidonos str. & 1 Naxou str., 71307 Heraklion, Greece

Pasiphae Hotel is located in a quiet part of Heraklion, just a 10-minute walk from the main port of Heraklion and 2.5 km away from Nikos Kazantzakis International airport. The historic center of Heraklion can be reached within 15 minutes on foot.

Hotel in Karpathos, Greece Hotel Glaros
Hotel Glaros
Diafani, 85700 Karpathos, Greece

Hotel Glaros is located 900 meters from Diafani port and 600 meters from the beach in picturesque, traditional Diafani village. The main port and the town of Karpathos, Pigadia, is at 50 km. Karpathos Island National Airport is 60 km away from the hotel.


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