When you think of the Greek Islands, you think of nights filled with dancing, laughing, and relaxing. You picture gorgeous Mediterranean sunsets and sparkling dawns. And, invariably, you picture your favourite frosty cocktail. Maybe it’s a salt-rimmed ouzotini, or maybe it’s a fruity Saint George.

Before you next experience the Greek Islands, make one (or all) of these delicious cocktails. Each one is inspired by a different Greek Island.

Thanks to visitgreece.gr for the recipes and inspiration.

Ouzotini
Island: Santorini, the immortal Greek Isle
Why: The classic, bold flavour of Ouzo recalls the white-and-blue domed houses of Fira, the black sand beaches, and the spirit of romance permeating the streets, cafes, and restaurants.
Ingredients
29.5ml (1 oz.) Vodka
29.5ml (1 oz.) Ouzo
29.5ml (1 oz.) Peach Schnapps
14.7ml (½ oz.) Fresh lime Juice
5-6 Mint Leaves (shredded)
Preparation
Shake with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

Sizzling Ouzo
Island: Mykonos
Why: this effervescent party-starter is as bubbly and zesty as Greek’s premier hotspot for celebration and revelry.
Ingredients
14.7ml (½ oz.) Ouzo
7.3ml (1/4 oz.) fresh lemon juice
14.7ml (½ oz.) simple syrup
29.5ml (1 oz.) pear puree
73.7ml (2 ½ oz.) Sparkling Moschofilero
Preparation
1. In a tall mixing glass combine Ouzo, lemon juice, simple syrup and pear puree.
2. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a pre-chilled champagne flute and top with sparkling Moschofilero. Garnish with a lemon twist

Saint George (Agiorgitiko) with fruit
Island: Milos

Why: this endlessly refreshing mixer, made and drank by the pitcherful, is the perfect companion for lazy afternoons spent lying in the sand of any one of Milos’ 70 exquisite beaches.

Ingredients

354ml (12 oz.) of Fresh squeezed Orange juice

354ml (12 oz.) of Fresh squeezed Lemon juice

177ml (6 oz.) of Mint Syrup

236ml (8 oz.) Pyrat Rum ( Dark Rum) Reserve

236ml (8 oz.) Citronge ( Orange Liqueur)

2 litres of Saint George (Agiorgitiko)

177ml (6 oz.) of mix with Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Apple, Strawberries, Figs, Peaches, Pineapple

Preparation

Mix in a glass pitcher finished with splash of lemonade.

 

Mavrodaphne Cooler

Island: Paxi
Why: an icy cocktail, the mavrodaphne is best enjoyed in a tranquil, personless setting. Sip a glass in the arms of your special someone with only the balmy island winds of Corfu to remind you you haven’t yet slipped into eternity.
Ingredients
59ml (2 oz.) Mavrodaphne

14.7ml (½ oz.) Crème de Cassis

14.7ml (½ oz.) White Rum

29.5ml (1 oz.) Lemon Juice

59ml (2 oz.) Cranberry Juice

Preparation

Shake over ice. Serve in a Balloon glass, garnished with mint sprig and lemon twist.

Crushed Grapes
Island: Crete
Why: Crete places you atop lofty, rocky perches dotted with palms, violets and sea lilies. When you’re gazing over the Sea of Crete from the edge of a heavenly poolside cabana, you’ll want sweet flavours on the rocks.
Ingredients

44,2ml (1 ½ oz.) Tsipouro

21.9ml (3/4 oz.) simple syrup

5 green seedless grapes

4 lime quarters

Preparation

  1. Place lime quarters and grapes in the bottom of mixing glass, add the syrup and muddle the oil in the skin from the lime quarters.
  2. Fill a rocks glass 3/4 full of cracked ice and pour it over to the mixing glass along with the Tsipouro. Shake well and pour entire contents back into the rocks glass and serve.

 

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