Greece is known for its beautiful landscape, fresh cuisine, and rich history. Did you know that it is also famous for creating popular spirits and wines spread worldwide? Explore a few of the most popular spirits from Greece that can be enjoyed on their own or in a cocktail! Try a few right here in Boston, MA.
To start, ouzo is one of Greece’s most common and popular liquors. This beverage was created in the 1800s and can only be made in Greece and Cyprus – so you know it is authentic. Ouzo is made with grape or grain and is then distilled with anise, fennel, and other herbs. This black licorice-flavored drink is best served with light appetizers such as cheese, dips, or olives – commonly known as mezes in Greece. The proper way to enjoy ouzo is chilled and diluted with water.
Tsipouro comes in second in popularity to ouzo and resembles its taste. With that being said, it is far less popular outside of Greece. Tsipouro is much older than ouzo, with production dating back to the 14th century. This liquor is crafted using the leftover grapes from winemaking, called pomace. This Greek drink is potent in taste and holds around 40% alcohol. Like ouzo, tsipouro is served cold, diluted with water, and typically enjoyed with a meze platter of traditional Greek cheeses, dips, and olives.
Another excellent option for Greek spirits, especially for the warmer months, is masthia. Masthia is a refreshing drink that the Greeks love to enjoy on a summer day. This drink is produced on the island of Chios and is made from the raisin of mastic trees. This drink is unique to the country because the raisins are only grown on that particular island. It is a sweet liquor with hints of pine, herbs, and citrus. It is traditionally served as an aperitif with meze or as a digestif.
Tentura is a dark liquor that originates from Patras, Greece. It is a delicious combination of brandy, rum, herbs, and traditional Greek spices. It is typically served as an aperitif or as a digestif. You can find hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and citrus flavors incorporated into the drink. Tentura can be mixed in a cocktail or enjoyed neat over ice.
FIND THESE GREEK SPIRITS AT KRASI
Visit Krasi in Boston and explore these traditional Greek spirits. Enjoy a combination of ouzo, tsipouro, masthia, and tentura while enjoying meze and good company. Contact us today to get started and make reservations.