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Refresh your soul this summer with our favorite, flavorful Greek cocktails. Photo by Olena Sergienko via Unsplash
Summer is around the corner and we’re sharing with you our favorite cocktails with a Greek twist! Regardless of whether you try these from the comfort of your backyard, or if you visit a local hotspot, it is certain you’ll be stunned from the array of flavors.
The Aegean Fizz is a brandy-based drink starring the Greek spirit Metaxa. With only four ingredients, Metaxa, fresh blood orange juice, cinnamon bark syrup, and club soda, this cocktail gives you all the fizzy feels needed to kickstart your summer.
The original recipe includes one egg white, however aquafaba is said to be the perfect substitute. Once you dry shake (meaning, shake without ice) the Metaxa with the blood orange juice, you add ice and cinnamon bark syrup to the shaker and shake vigorously. All that’s left is to strain it into a glass and top with club soda.
Mastic is the secret ingredient that turns a classic mojito into Greek heaven. Mastiha is a sweet liqueur with flavors equivalent to the smell of a pine forest and herbs, giving the recipe a distinct flavor, making the classic mojito fresher than ever. Bacardi is also an essential for this recipe, with its smoky and tropical-fruit flavor, it is an ideal flavor booster for this cocktail.
Ouzo and coke may not sound like the ideal combination, but it’s a fun and pretty traditional drink worth trying. The licorice of the ouzo matches well with the crazy-chemical flavors in Coke. This drink must be served over ice, and it’s suggested to let it sit for a while to slightly water down the drink.
For a real taste of heaven, Santorini Sunrise is ideal. Pink grapefruit, mint leaves, honey (Greek honey if available, or substitute agave nectar), ouzo, grapefruit juice, and Campari are all you’ll need for this cocktail sensation.
In a highball glass, muddle seven of the quartered grapefruit slices together with mint and honey. Fill with ice, add vodka, juice, and Campari and stir. Garnish with remaining quarter slice of grapefruit, additional mint leaves, and you’re all set.
For a bold, alternative choice, don’t miss the Greek Coffee cocktail that’ll tingle your tastebuds and mesmerize your sensations. With no surprise, the main alcoholic drink used in this recipe is Ouzo, giving it a strong anise flavor. Fennel syrup, coffee, Tia Maria (a coffee liqueur originating from Jamaica), and some other spices to boost the flavor of this cocktail will be needed. The resulting cocktail is a little sweet and derives the licorice flavor from the syrup.
Ouzo lemonade tops off the list of ouzo-inspired drinks, introducing a blend of popular Greek flavors, including mint, honey, and lemon juice. This cocktail is a convergence of a little sweetness from honey, the light refreshing aroma from mint, and the mild anise flavor from Ouzo.
Greek White Sangria is the perfect holiday drink to enjoy with friends and family. The unique combination of a variety of wines, including white wine, Greek brandy (like Metaxa), and orange liquor, give this drink a Greek spin even though it originated in Spain. Greek White Sangria tastes like a garden of citrus fruits thanks to its fragrant, sweet aromas.
NEW YORK – A fun and informative Greek wine and food pairing event with Cava Oinos- importer of selected wines, and winemakers from Greece was held on May 17 at Souvlaki GR in Manhattan featuring impressive premium wines from Lantides Winery and five delicious courses for guests to enjoy.
PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.
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