Ouzo Pelagos is clear and silky, with the distinct aromas of spices like licorice, anise, fennel, nutmeg and coriander. Potent and fiery with anise flavours and a dry lingering finish. Ouzo is Greece’s most popular alcoholic drink and has a strong association with Greek culture. It is often found enjoyed as an aperitif with a selection of small appetizers – it can be served straight in a shot glass, diluted with ice and water or as the base for many cocktails.
What is Ouzo?
Ouzo is quintessentially Greek, so much so it can only be made in Greece or Cyprus. It is a spirit made from grape must (the leftover skins and stems of grapes from the winemaking process), infused with its distinct flavour of anise. Ouzo is traditionally consumed from tall glasses, slightly dilute with ice water. The addition of water transforms the clear Ouzo into a milky white color, this is caused by the reaction to the water from the residual anise oils in the Ouzo. Anise is the dominating botanical flavour, tasting of black licorice. In Greece, there are countless Ouzo bars, or ‘Ouzeries’ that serve the distinctive drink alongside various mezze plates.
When drinking Ouzo Pelagos, the customary toast is “stin uyeia sou” (steen ee-YEE-ah soo), or “to your health!”