Business | Daily | Tourist
INFORMATION SERVICES

The quintessential, unmistakable “drink of Greece” is Ouzo.

But its predecessor, more pointedly, Ouzo not flavored with anise, is known by three different names: tsipouro in much of Greece, raki in the Southern Greek islands, and tsigoudia in Crete.

Many a Greek-American visiting the homeland has encountered this drink – in its raw, homemade version, often stored by a relative (who made it or received it as a gift) in an empty water bottle with the label removed (so as not to cause confusion and a heaping guzzle), and kept refrigerated.

Unlike Ouzo, best enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or with water, raki is sipped neat, usually cold.

Haraki, made in Crete, is appropriately called Tsigoudia. It is available in the United States in better-stocked liquor stores, and at a modest price (usually under $20 a bottle). It is rather light (80 proof, compared to homemade versions usually of almost double the potency), and perfect on a summer night or afternoon, when you’re not in the mood for the anise.

For the calorie-conscious, being that it is unsweetened, it is also less fattening than Ouzo – though the difference may be negligible, unless you drink it every day.

Like Ouzo, raki goes great with salty mezedes, like anchovies, olives, cheese, and salted tomato and cucumber.

The post Haraki – Ouzo Unplugged appeared first on The National Herald.

Source: The National Herald
Share it now!
More
Who We Are

GQS acts as an “information representative” providing a variety of accurate and authoritative analytics and responses About Greece. Our field of expertise ranges from simple Daily Life questions related to Tourism or the History of Greece, up to large Business related projects such as Economic Research, Human Resources Selection or Real Estate Services.

Find out more

Contact Us

Are you interested in obtaining any kind of information about Greece?

Let us help you!

If your requirements go beyond simple services and you want specialized information, you will receive a detailed email for any charges.

  • Weather

    Locations:
    Athens
    August 24, 2017, 1:47 pm
    Partly sunny
    Partly sunny
    30°C
    real feel: 31°C
    current pressure: 1020 mb
    humidity: 34%
    wind speed: 6 m/s N
    wind gusts: 6 m/s
    UV-Index: 7
    sunrise: 6:48 am
    sunset: 8:06 pm
     
  • Currency