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.
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.
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)
Shake with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Why: this effervescent party-starter is as bubbly and zesty as Greek’s premier hotspot for celebration and revelry.
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
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
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.
354ml (12 oz.) of fresh squeezed Orange juice
354ml (12oz.) of fresh squeezed Lemon juice
177ml (6oz.) of Mint Syrup
236ml (8oz.) Citronge (Orange Liqeur)
2 litres of Saint George (Agiorgitiko)
177ml (6oz.) of mix with Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Apple, Strawberries, Figs, Peaches, Pineapple
1. Mix in a glass pitcher finished with splash of lemonade.
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.
59ml (2oz.) Mavrodaphne
14.7ml (1/2 oz.) Creme de Cassis
14.7ml (1/2 oz.) White rum
29.5ml (1 oz.) Lemon juice
59ml (2oz.) Cranberry juice
1. Shake over ice. Serve in a balloon glass, garnished with mint sprig and lemon twist.
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.
44.2ml (1.5oz.) Tsipouro
21.9ml (3/4oz.) simple syrup
5 green seedless grapes
4 lime quarters
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. Fill a rock 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.