Ouzo is probably the “national” drink of Greece. This does not mean we drink more Ouzo than wine or beer.
There are a few things to remember if you like to taste Ouzo the proper way:
☼ The best time to have Ouzo is between 12:00 – 13:00, i.e., before lunch!
☼ Always add ice and maybe an additional 25%-50% water too. It will go cloudy! Say NO THANKS to Athenian restaurants offering warm Ouzo after food! But, say yes to Mastiha!
☼ Yes, Ouzo has a licorice taste which some people don’t like! But most drinks have a non-delicious taste! You get used to it, and it is all about the experience (see below).
☼ Always have a snack with it! Very small but something to go with it! Olives, tomatoes, cheese (friend cheese – Saganaki?), anything non-sweet you’ll find in the refrigerator will do.
☼ For the Greeks, going out for an Ouzo is all about the food, the location & good company! This is true for all drinking activities.
☼ Do you want to make it perfect? Try Ouzo with Octopus, squid, or small fish with a table next to the water!
The most established ouzo brands are Ouzo 12, Matis, Plomari or Mini. In Nafplio you will find a family-owned distillery like Karonis.
Tours associated with Ouzo? If you and we are in the mood … all of them!