5 Popular Greek Spirits You Should Try

Greek spirits are a great place to start when seeking something new! It can be challenging to know where to begin with various items to choose from. Fortunately, there is a handful of considered “must-try” items. These popular Greek spirits are some of the country’s most well-known and appreciated. 


Kitro is a traditional Greek liqueur that is made from a citron tree. The process begins by softening the leaves in alcohol, distilling them, and combining them with a sugar-water mixture. The beverage is clear with a yellow-green tint and a citrus flavor. It is frequently enjoyed on the rocks but can also create tasty cocktails. A fun note to consider is that the beverage’s color can indicate its sweetness level. When the drink is green, it has a sweeter taste. On the other hand, a yellow Kitro is more potent in alcohol – typically around 36% ABV.


For honey lovers, rakomelo is a must-try Greek spirit! Rakomelo differs from other spirits in its consistency, as the honey creates a thicker beverage. Because of the viscosity, it is best served warm and is commonly consumed in the colder months. Rakomelo is made by infusing Raki with honey and spices. Raki is another spirit distilled from the grape remnants after pressing for wine. The drink is sweet on the tongue and can be easily made at home with the right ingredients. 


Although the exact ingredients of Metaxa are unknown, it is a brand with brandy, wine, and different herbs. This Greek spirit has been around for over a century and is well-known worldwide. People describe the taste as rich, sweet, fruity, floral, and spicy. Metaxa achieves its taste with a particular mix of ingredients and barrel aging. Its flavor is popular for those who wish to drink it straight, but it also creates tasty cocktails.


Ouzo may be the solution if you seek one of the most well-known and ancient Greek spirits. It tracks as far back as the 19th century and can only be produced in Greece. Ouzo is made from distilled grapes with aniseed, fennel, coriander, and licorice. Greeks pair Ouzo with appetizers like olives, feta cheese, and seafood. It is most commonly served on the rocks or neat. 


Visit Committee in the Seaport

If you would like to try one of the spirits above but aren’t making a trip to Greece anytime soon, visit Committee in the Seaport of Boston, MA! We have a variety of different craft cocktails and wine options for you to indulge in while taking in the beautiful sight of Boston Harbor.