Crete, the largest island of Greece, is known for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and delicious cuisine. But did you know that the island also boasts a traditional alcoholic beverage that is just as beloved as its other attractions? This beverage is called Cretan Raki, and it is a must-try for anyone visiting the island or interested in Greek culture.
Cretan Raki, also known as “tsikoudia”, is a clear, unsweetened liqueur that is made from grape must and distilled twice. The alcohol content typically ranges from 40% to 45%, making it a strong and potent drink. It is similar to other Greek alcoholic beverages like Ouzo and Tsipouro, but it is unique in its production and flavor profile.
Traditionally, Cretan Raki is produced by distilling the grape must left over from the wine-making process. This gives the drink a distinct and rich flavor that is unique to Crete. It is often served as an aperitif, and is also used in cooking to add flavor to dishes like stews and sauces.
One of the best ways to experience Cretan Raki is to try it while enjoying a traditional meal with locals. In Crete, it’s common to enjoy Raki with small plates of mezedes, like dakos, dolmades, and mizithra cheese. It’s also a perfect pairing for seafoods. In that way, it connects people over a shared love of food and drink, creating a sense of community and camaraderie.
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