November 25, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
- 1. Greek Salad Bloody Mary
- 2. Ouzo Lemonade
- 3. Greek Goddess Mastiha Margarita
- 4. Greek Style Mulled Wine (Krasomelo)
- 5. Greek Mojito (Ouzito)
- 6. Raspberry Ouzo Slush
- 6. Greek Mimosa
- 7. Bold Greek Coffee Cocktail
- 8. Ramos Greek Fizz
- 9. Mastiha Cocktail Winter Solstice
- 10. Santorini Sunrise
- 11. Greek Doctor Cocktail
- 12. Greek Sidecar
- 13. Greek Tragedy
- 14. Santorini Sour
- 15. Ouzo Martini
Opa, cocktail fans, it’s time to take a deep dive into the wonderful world of Greek cocktails! We love an island vibe, and the blue-and-white fantasy of a lingering stay on a Greek isle always has us craving dolmades, spanakopita, a smattering of sand on our toes, and something cool and delicious to clink as the sun goes down. Care to join?
1. Greek Salad Bloody Mary
If you love a Bloody Mary, and inventive spin-offs of the classic brunchtime sipper, you’ve got to try the Greek Salad Bloody Mary! The twist lies in dressing up your tomato juice with a touch of kalamata olive brine and using feta-stuffed olives as garnish. You can also float a touch of extra-virgin olive oil on top of the cocktail before serving if you prefer.
2. Ouzo Lemonade
Greek-inspired cocktails do not come any more refreshing than the Ouzo Lemonade. Ouzo is a traditional Greek anise-flavoured spirit, typically clear and diluted with water, turning it milky white. It carries a distinct liquorice-like flavour and is a popular aperitif.
To make Ouzo Lemonade, pour 60ml room-temperature ouzo into a glass. Add 45ml lemon juice and 3 mint leaves, and muddle to release the flavours from the mint leaves. Add 1 teaspoon of honey syrup and mix until it dissolves. Pour 120ml ice water into the glass and mix. If preferred, add more water to dilute the ouzo taste. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy.
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3. Greek Goddess Mastiha Margarita
Greek cocktails without ouzo? Sure thing! While ouzo is typically the first drink that comes to mind when Greek food is on the menu, the country’s foodies are also partial to mastiha, a semi-sweet, piquant and uniquely invigorating liqueur. Though anise-free, mastiha is sometimes described as having a flavour that combines fennel, anise and mint.
By now, you know we love a riff on the classic Margarita, and this resin spirit makes a great base for this classy clinker. To make one, add 45ml blanco tequila, 45ml mastiha liquor, a teaspoon of pomegranate simple syrup, and 30ml lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a serving glass over fresh ice. Garnish with some fresh lime and serve.
4. Greek Style Mulled Wine (Krasomelo)
Greek cocktail recipes are typically quite summery, but this Greek twist on the classic Mulled Wine recipe is everything you want to be sipping when the clouds gather over the Mediterranean, and it’s time to serve up comfort food like fasolada and crusty bread.
To make a batch of krasomelo, add a bottle of semi-sweet red wine to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. As soon as it goes frothy, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer, and add 5 tablespoons of honey syrup, 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves and the peel of one orange. Let it simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, and let it cool a little before serving in heat-proof mugs or shot glasses.
5. Greek Mojito (Ouzito)
The minty kiss of a Mojito is always a treat when looking out over azure waves, and we adore this Greek spin on it as well. To make this traditional Greek cocktail, muddle 3-4 fresh mint leaves with a teaspoon of brown sugar and 45ml of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add 60ml of amber brandy, 30ml lemon juice and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with a splash of soda water and serve.
6. Raspberry Ouzo Slush
Raspberry cocktails always come to the party with a hint of sophisticated flair. To make a batch of Raspberry Ouzo Slush cocktails, combine half a cup of granulated sugar and half a cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in a quarter cup of lemon juice. Let it cool, then stir in half a cup of ouzo.
To serve, place a single scoop of raspberry sorbet into 4 serving glasses, top with a quarter cup of the ouzo mixture each, and top off with some club soda. Garnish with fresh berries and mint and serve.
6. Greek Mimosa
Sparkly Greek vibes? Yes, please! To make a Greek Mimosa, add 30ml of chilled Greek tsipouro, 30ml of chilled cinnamon-flavoured simple syrup, and 15ml of fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a Champagne flute and add 120ml chilled sparkling rosé wine.
7. Bold Greek Coffee Cocktail
A coffee cocktail is a great way to round off a meal in a kicky way, and this fennel-laced sipper is something completely unique. Make a fennel-infused simple syrup using our fool-proof method. Then, to make the Bold Greek Coffee Cocktail, fill a stemless wine glass with ice, add 30ml fennel syrup, 60ml ouzo, 30ml coffee liqueur, and 120ml chilled coffee, then give it a gentle stir. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.
8. Ramos Greek Fizz
We love a creamy-topped drink, so the Ramos Gin Fizz holds a special place in our hearts. So, obviously, the Ramos Greek Fizz also turned out to be a winner. Add 60ml tsipouro, 30ml mastiha, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml lime juice, 15ml simple syrup, 1 egg white, and 2 barspoons of Greek yogurt to a cocktail shaker and dry shake.
Add ice, shake again, and strain into a serving glass, while at the same time pouring in 90ml of club soda so both liquids go into the glass at once to create the foamy top. Much magic!
9. Mastiha Cocktail Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice cocktail is probably one of the most iconic Greek cocktails around. To make one, combine 45ml rye whiskey, 30ml fresh lemon juice, 20ml mastiha, 15ml mezcal, and 15ml simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a frosted glass. Garnish with a little conifer tip and a cranberry.
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10. Santorini Sunrise
Sometimes one just has to sip a bit of sunrise at sunset, amirite? To make this luscious Santorini Sunrise, muddle two fresh grapefruit slices (skins removed), 4 mint leaves, and two teaspoons of honey in a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice, add 60ml SKYY Infusions Blood Orange, 90ml fresh grapefruit juice, 30ml Campari, and stir. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and serve.
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11. Greek Doctor Cocktail
Orange juice cocktails always add a bright note to any gathering, and the Greek Doctor is certainly no exception. To make one, add 30ml ouzo, 30ml vodka, 15ml lemon juice, and 30ml orange juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a serving glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.
12. Greek Sidecar
Dressing up a classic with a dash of culture-specific flair is a fun way to riff on a time-honoured clinker. Case in point, the Greek Sidecar, which replaces Cognac with amber brandy, a singular spirit that combines muscat wines from the island of Samos with flavourful Mediterranean botanicals.
To make a Greek Sidecar, add 60ml amber brandy, 30ml orange liqueur, and 20ml fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until combined, strain into a sugar-rimmed serving glass, garnish with a twist of lemon, and serve.
13. Greek Tragedy
Sweet yet deeply complex, the Greek Tragedy is a compelling drink that’s easy to make and satisfying to sip. To make one, add 20ml ouzo, 20ml sweet vermouth, 20ml raspberry liqueur, and 15ml lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a speared raspberry and lime twist for some extra wow factor.
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14. Santorini Sour
Sour cocktails are enjoying a lingering moment in the limelight, and with good reason—they’ve got oodles of retro charm. To make Santorini Sour, add 60ml whiskey, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml pistachio syrup, 10ml Greek yogurt, and two dashes of bitters to a cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake to combine, then add ice, shake again to cool it down, and decant into a frosted serving glass.
15. Ouzo Martini
Martini spin-offs are always intriguing, and the Ouzo Martini certainly does not disappoint. To make an Ouzotini, add 60ml orange juice, 60ml pineapple juice, 30ml ouzo, 30ml vodka, and 15ml lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a chilled serving glass, garnish with a twist or slice of lime, and serve.
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