SAMPLE THE LOCAL GREEK SPIRITS
Ouzo, raki and tsipouro
Probably the most well-known Greek spirits with enthusiastic fans are ouzo, raki and tsipouro. Their popularity has to do with everything that comes with them, as they are always accompanied with a small side dish or as locals say ‘meze’. As they are very strong drinks, containing about 40-60% alcohol, water and ice are a necessary addition to your glass. Their warm alternative is the sweet and strong Rakomelo, made of hot raki, honey, cinnamon and cloves, perfect for the cold winter days!
There is a very long history of wine making in Greece and each area has its own distinctive types of grapes. Many wineries offer visitors the possibility of organized guided tours and wine tastings combined with traditional flavors. The climate, the terrain and the soil composition, play an important role to the prevalence of the Mediterranean micro-climate, characterised by mild winters and cool summers. Those climatic conditions contribute to the production of high-quality wines with distinctive aromas and refreshing acidities. Besides, wine has a very special place at the daily table of Greek families!
Mastiha is a sweet liqueur produced in Greece, flavoured with the resin gathered from the mastic tree, a small tree that only grows in the southern half of Chios island. Typically, mastiha liqueur is being consumed at the end of a meal as it is claimed to have medicinal properties and to aid digestion.
Great news for the beer lovers out there, as with more than 60 active microbreweries in Greece, many flavorful beers are waiting to be discovered. Needless to say, beer has definitely become a part of the local culture!