Ouzo & Tsipouro

Ouzo & Tsipouro

Halkidiki has a long history in the production of the traditional Greek distillates -ouzo and tsipouro- as according to tradition, the first production of tsipouro was the work of Greek Orthodox monks in the 14th century on Mount Athos


Ouzo Vs Tsipouro


Ouzo is made in a traditional way that you can only encounter in Greece; it belongs to the general category of spirits with a scent of anise. It is a product of marc distillation and other saccharoid raw materials, which have been scented with seeds of anise and maybe fennel, mastic of Chios, and other aromatic seeds, plants or fruits. Ouzo, for the distillation of which a special distillation machine (amvikas) is used, cannot be submitted to an ageing process.


Tsipouro, on the other hand, is the clear product of the marc distillation, which means that it is not submitted to any scenting process. The variety and the grape fermentation procedures, the distillation method, and the analogy of ingredients are the only determinative factors during the production procedure. Tsipouro is a strong transparent spirit containing a very high degree of alcohol, that is why often water is added and is always accompanied by some snacks, including light salads, sour (pickles), various dry-salted (sea rover, anchovies, etc.) fish, crawfishes, shrimps, rarebit, etc. Many residents of Halkidiki produce their own tsipouro for either sale or domestic use.

How to enjoy tsipouro & ouzo:

Tsipouro and ouzo are being served in small glasses either with ice or/and water or without but always accompanied by meze dishes. Meze can be an assortment of dried octopus, salted fishes, Halkidiki's famous table olives, greek salad, crusty delicious fresh bread and dips like taramosalata (fish roe appetizer), feta cheese are a few examples of these savory bites.

Worth to attend:

The tsipouro-making season that takes place in autumn and lasts from October to December. The whole process is a celebration for Greeks! It's like a fiesta, friends and family take part in the distillation process by bringing food and sampling the drink as it is being made.

When offered a glass of tsipouro, make sure that you accept, it’s simply impolite to refuse!

Don’t miss it!

Enjoy a glass of ouzo or tzipouro paired with some meze dishes of sea food!

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