What are some must-try drinks
5 drinks you must try in Greece
A serious part of vacationing in Greece is getting familiar with the local cuisine and drinks. Some drinks are only specific to certain areas, such as kumquat liqueur for Corfu and lemon liqueur for Naxos, as the small fruits used to make them are only grown there and limited quantities do not allow mass sale. Other islands, Lefkada and Crete, are proud producers of the milky-white soft drink made from almonds and sugar called Sumada. However, as you will not be able to visit exactly these specific areas, be sure to check which drinks you can find all over Greece and which ones to try during your stay. Forget about whiskey and champagne for a moment and risk local specialties.
This soft drink is everywhere - you can find it in any beach bar, café or bakery. And the offer is not limited to summer, the Greeks drink it all year round. The frappe is made from instant coffee and water, whipped with a mixer to get a thick foam, with the addition of milk, ice and sugar of your choice. The best drink for the time spent on the beach.
It would be a shame to be in Greece and not try the mythical Mythos beer. Along with Alfa, these are the most common local brands of beer in the country. Both are light, the taste is individual, and you can choose between the two.
While frappe and beer are more of a daily drink, retsina is a company for dinner. This is the world famous Greek resinous wine that is served cold in small glasses. There are innumerable brands of retsina across Greece, but if you don't place a specific order they will most likely bring you a locally produced brand or one of the most popular ones - Malamatina, Michali Georgiadi or Kehribari.
And speaking of alcohol: Ouzo is more popular than beer. The added aniseed flavor sets it apart from ordinary schnapps, or "tsipuro" in Greek (there are actually tsipuro with aniseed, but the taste is slightly different from ouzo due to the way it is made). Ouzo is quite strong and is usually used to add water to the glass, which changes color from transparent to white. The most famous brands of ouzo come from Lesbos - Barbayianni and Plomari.
We're not done with alcohol yet, even though it's served as a digestive or part of cocktails. And before you thought it was anise, it wasn't. The mastic liqueur is transparent like water, flavored with mastic droplets or mastic oil from the island of Chios. Valuable mastic trees are very rare and are only grown on this island in Greece, and the drops they give off are called "Tears of Chios". If you are not a fan of alcohol but are curious to try mastiha (mastiha), you can try the Greek dessert "ipovrihio" - sugar paste and mastic gum, served in a spoon dipped in a glass of water (also for children suitable).
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