Sampling Greek Drinks while Sailing in Greece
Travel is about many things, from a desire to explore the world to experiencing new cultures. A large part of a visit to any country is the cuisine on offer; no trip is complete without sampling the local delicacies – both food and drink.
Every nation has its unique beverages and Greece is no different. While it has many of the typical drinks found commonly across the world, it also has its share of drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic, that are distinctive to the area.
Coffee is Greece’s main daytime drink and the country’s specialty frappe is the perfect solution for the hot summer days that Greece is famous for. A type of frothy iced coffee, the drink is made from instant coffee granules, cold water and ice whipped into an almost foam-like consistency. Found in every cafe, restaurant and bar in Greece, it is a refreshing drink that packs a real caffeine punch!
Generally touted as the original Greek liqueur, ouzo is characterised by its distinct aniseed flavour and, as a protected designation of origin product, the name can only be used on drink specifically produced in the region. The drink is often mixed with water and served as an accompaniment to mezze. Ouzo’s strength, both taste and percentage wise, tends to divide people into two camps- those who love it and those who don’t. Either way, it is definitely a drink worth sampling on any holiday sailing in Greece!
Greece’s ‘other’ signature beverage, retsina, is equally renowned and equally an acquired taste. A historic drink with roots going back 2000 years, retsina is a white wine with a distinctive resin taste to it. Originally this was down to the resin used to seal the wine barrels. Today, although flavourings are a much more common a way to achieve this, the taste is no less unique! As with ouzo, it is a drink best served cold and with an accompanying mezze spread.