Wine & Spirits

Ouzo Kakitsi: Spiked Good & Plenty

From the time I was a little kid, I loved the taste of ouzo – and the candy Good & Plenty. Of course, I was only allowed a small taste of the former – and had to sneak a slurp every now and then – but I could eat the latter (the candy) whenever I wanted to.

I even remember once putting some pieces of Good & Plenty in a glass of water and stir them to try to make my own ouzo.

My dad was only a moderate drinker and my mom never touched the stuff. So, a bottle of ouzo in our household could last several months. I remember the ouzo of choice was Katsarou (made by Tirnavou), in the squat, wide, rectangular bottle. That had a perfect taste of Good & Plenty, too.

Well, much  to my delight, I stumbled upon another gem: Ouzo Kakitsi, made on Chios, which produces a fine array of ouza.

It is wonderfully aromatic, at 78 proof only a hair lighter than the average (80 proof), and it tastes just like I had hoped mixing Good & Plenty and water would have, way back when.

I have never seen it sold in the United States, not even in Astoria. But I highly recommend it, and suggest you ask your local liquor store to order it, if available.


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