Greek Liqueur

Greece is known for its aniseed liqueurs, in particular, ouzo, tsipouro and raki.

Ouzo is an anise-flavoured liqueur that’s commonly enjoyed as an aperitif – often with meze. It’s made from distilled grape spirit and is similar in character to sambuca or absinthe. Though clear in appearance, it turns milky once water is added. 

The precursor to ouzo is tsipouro, an un-aged brandy that dates back to the 14th century. It’s served straight, sometimes hot, and comes in two flavours; pure and anise. Similar to grappa, it’s a strongly distilled spirit (around 40-45% ABV) and made from grape pomace.

Again, Raki is a drink flavoured with aniseed. Although not Greek in origin, instead having its roots in Turkey, it’s frequently enjoyed in Greece as an aperitif and can be compared with ouzo. 

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