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#1 Tall_Guy

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 06:49 AM

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So tell me....How do real men (or women :oops: ) drink ouzo ?

We are heading to Crete in exactly 3 months and I thought to celebrate the occasion I would buy a bottle of ouzo to share with a few friends tonight.

I hate to admit this but, to be perfectly honest, I was not all that fussy about the taste. It was "kinda" like zambuca but had a stronger more bitter taste. We were drinking it straight, as a shot.

So what is my next step ? ......

1) drink it with ice, water & lemon as suggested on the bottle 8)
2) keep on sipping it straight & acquire a taste :lol:
3) cancel the trip :(

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 11:52 AM

Ouzo into the glass first then top up with water to taste, ice optional but lemon ? no thanks !
Once your thirst has been quenched look forward to a glass or two or ... of raki. Neat and straight down with appropriate toast, Yammas, Isigia or whatever, then let the warmth spread !

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 12:14 PM

Ouzo's o.k. for beginers Tall guy,but if you want to be Cretan,Raki or"Tsikuthia" is THE drink.Its a bit like liquid central heating!Yassou.

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 01:53 PM

I agree with Tim: skip the lemon!
And, as Steve says, drink raki when you are in Crete !
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Posted 27 February 2005 - 10:39 PM

Absolutely. Ouzo's foul, but raki's another thing altogether. And you'll have to acquire the taste. They give it away in tavernas after meals.
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Posted 27 February 2005 - 11:41 PM

Straight, with ice, and a glass of water on the side. And eat something with it.

Sheila - ouzo is a foul drink only if you drink a foul ouzo (of which are many). A good quality ouzo is a nice drink: smooth and deep and rich. I like tsikoudia too, but let's not be narrow minded.

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 12:24 AM

I'm not a an ouzo lover myself

does anyone else find that raki doesn't taste as good when you are out of crete?

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 04:05 AM

I've never tasted Raki and mot sure I have heard of it till reading the replies to the post.
I did a "google search" on Raki and the links that showed up seemed to indicate that Raki is also a Turkish drink...I gather that it is a popular drink in that part of the world.
So what taste or flavor does Raki have ?
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Posted 28 February 2005 - 10:30 AM

Try a google on Tsikoudia - you will find plenty of descriptions.

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 01:32 PM

I've never tasted Raki and mot sure I have heard of it till reading the replies to the post.
I did a "google search" on Raki and the links that showed up seemed to indicate that Raki is also a Turkish drink...I gather that it is a popular drink in that part of the world.
So what taste or flavor does Raki have ?


the turkish raki is quite different, it's more like ouzo

the flavour of cretan raki is very hard to describe, similar to grappa but others may disagree

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Posted 01 March 2005 - 04:21 PM

Tsikoudia varies widely in flavour, depending on where, how, and by whom it's made, and, no doubt, the quality of the ingredients. I'm no connoisseur, and I'm sure there are other factors too, but I do like the drink, and have experienced a quite range of quality and flavour. It be very fiery, almost unpleasantly biting, and it can be smooth, rich and deep - and everything in between.

Tsikoudia is unique, but the closest comparisons are with the other fruit distillations: schnapps, kirsch, and as already mentioned, grappa.

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Posted 01 March 2005 - 09:19 PM

Harribobs,all I can say,is NOTHING taste as good when you are not in Crete!

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 12:11 AM

Harribobs,all I can say,is NOTHING taste as good when you are not in Crete!


how very true! :lol:

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 11:46 AM

Have you tried raki (tsikoudia or tsiporo) made from figs?
It is nice. Good taste and very smooth.
Once I got a bottle from my old friend Georgi in Faratsi.
Be careful, he said, dont have too many one after the other. It is no problem for your head but it might be for your stomach.
Figs you know, he said and then he twinkled with his left eye :wink:
What a good idea to save you from drinking too much raki. If you do you will have a hard time.

Some years ago we tasted raki flavoured by some blue berries. If I remember right they were called "mertes" and are common all over Crete.
The colour of the drink was not blue but a fantastic brown-golden and the taste was very nice. This happened in the Amari valley in a small kafenion.

As you know they, the Cretans, always call raki farmako and it is I think.
There is also an other farmako made by grapes called "petimesi".
Next time you feel like you are catching a cold try to get hold of a bottle of petimesi.
I think it helps the same way raki might do.
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:56 PM

The blue berries Lars mentions are probably "mourna" as they are called in Crete and the raki made out of them is "mournoraki".
Petimezi is good for cough but the best medicine when you catch a cold is the tea made of sage, chamomile and other herbs of the Cretan nature.
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 06:17 PM

"lars"]Have you tried raki (tsikoudia or tsiporo) made from figs?
It is nice. Good taste and very smooth.
Once I got a bottle from my old friend Georgi in Faratsi.
Be careful, he said, dont have too many one after the other. It is no problem for your head but it might be for your stomach.
Figs you know, he said and then he twinkled with his left eye :wink:
What a good idea to save you from drinking too much raki. If you do you will have a hard time.

Some years ago we tasted raki flavoured by some blue berries. If I remember right they were called "mertes" and are common all over Crete.
The colour of the drink was not blue but a fantastic brown-golden and the taste was very nice. This happened in the Amari valley in a small kafenion.


I haven't tried that, but i'll look out for it

I have tried it made with mulberries (i think it was) that was very tasty, but i'm not sure what the cretan name for it is (Yannis?)

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 09:14 PM

Berries are "moura" or "mourna"
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 10:09 PM

I'm afraid I must name drop here. I had my only glass of mulberry raki from George Psychoundakis. Very smooth indeed.
Lars, I think when you Sam and I visited him we just had the standard raki - and of course that was excellent.
One day though I will not be the driver. Co driver- you are needed as much as ever!

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:48 AM

Tim,you drank with Psychoundakis?Im so jealous!
Spent some time with the locals in Asi Gonia last year.One of them had the most wonderful copy of "the Cretan Runner"plus photo's and certificates and awards presented to George and his fellow andartes.
Sadly though,he told us that George is now living alone near Hania and that his mind has lapsed.How I would have loved to have met the man.

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 01:51 PM

Berries are "moura" or "mourna"


efaristo Yannis

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if you are going to name drop....thats a good one, let's hope George is OK

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