Ouzo is probably the most popular liquor in Greece. You find it at every eating establishment and every home. Ouzo is not exclusive to Greece, but it is said to have originated there and is widely regarded as the national drink of the country.
Ouzo is a clear liquor with strong notes of star-anise, fennel, and mastic. It was a staple in our Greek restaurant, but since not everyone wanted to drink it the traditional way, I also made up some yummy cocktails for guests. I’m excited to share them with you today!
The traditional way to serve Ouzo is neat, or on the rocks. When you put ice in the glass and swirl it the liquor turns cloudy which always looks cool. To use it in cocktails I like to pair it with fruit juice or a little sugar to sweeten it up a bit.
While you probably won’t find an Ouzo mojito in Greece, it was very popular at our restaurant. It’s a simple twist on the traditional mojito and I love the way the licorice flavor pairs with the bracing mint. FIND THE RECIPE HERE
Adding orange juice to a cocktail is always popular and it works very well with Ouzo. This classic-style drink is sweet and refreshing. Our guests enjoyed it with their meal or as a sweet start to their meal with an appetizer. FIND THE RECIPE HERE
Grapefruit juice is more tart than orange juice and also pairs well with Ouzo. We love the way it elevates the flavors of Ouzo without being overpowering. FIND THE RECIPE HERE
HOW TO SERVE OUZO TRADITIONALLY
2 ounces Ouzo
Pour the ouzo into a clean low ball glass. Add the ice and gently swirl the liquor in the glass until it turns cloudy. Sip and enjoy!
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