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Crete ● Greece ● 24 July 2016

Traditional Greek Spirits


In Greece and especially in Crete, raki is one of the most traditional spirits. In the old times is was the worker's drink, who could not afford to buy something more expensive to drink.

The process of the raki distillation, is a unique ritual. The remnants of the must from the production of wine, which remains after the crash of the grapes, are sealed in barrels. They remain there until the brewing process has finished and they are ready for the distillation process. The product coming from the brewing process is called "tsikoudia" and from this derives the other name of raki which is "tsikoudia". The next step is to remove the "tsikoudia" with its liquids from the barrels and place it in cauldrons (large cooking pots) the so called "rakokazana" or "amvikes". These cauldrons are completely sealed, put on fire, the boiling process continuous until they reach the necessary temperature in order to begin the distillation process. the experienced distillers know that the slow pace in the hole process is the key of success. Each cauldron might need three hours. From a pipe which is connected with the lid of the cauldron and is cooled with water, flows the steam which then is liquefied as raki. The first extract is considered the strongest. Raki in contrast with

other traditional spirits like "tsipouro" is a product of single distillation where no herbs are added. Nowadays bartenders use raki as a base ingredient for signature cocktails, you may also find it with honey warm or cold scented with cinnamon and clove. In Crete raki is a part of hospitality, especially during dinners the guests are offered at leas one shot of this spirit. Last but not least even if someone gets drunk with raki there is no way that the next day he will have a hangover since this is a pure, natural spirit.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Roxani Hotel
Roxani Hotel
267, A. Papandreou str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Roxan Hotel is located in Ammoudara, only a 5-minute walk from the beach. Heraklion city centre is 5 km away. Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” , is 11 km away, while Heraklion Port is 8 km away.

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Arco Baleno Apartments
Arco Baleno Apartments
Kastanaki Georgiou & Festou Str., Anissaras, Hersonissos, 70014 Heraklion, Greece

Arco Baleno Apartments are located within a 10-minute walk from Anisaras beach and at 5 km from the lively Hersonissos and 13 km from Malia with several bars, taverns and nightlife. Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 20 km away, while Heraklion town is 24 km away.#

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel
43, Kornarou Square, Heraklion Town, 71201 Heraklion, Greece

Being located on well known Kornarou Square in the very heart of Heraklion, Hotel Olympic offers year-round accommodation within walking distance of all the sights and the center of the lively and bustling city of Heraklion. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2 km, while the international airport Nikos Kazantzakis is at 5 km.