Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ouzo Drink

Drinking ouzo is a ritual whose secrets can be sought only in the most unspoilt corners of the Aegean and the Hellenic world. The landscape of the ancient and mystical country of Greece has imposed its simplicity on the unadorned way Greeks enjoy their ouzo. It is best served on the rocks or with a bit of water. In order to enjoy it is necessary to accompany it with a humble or even rich appetizer and through this experience one will discover and understand the taste of pureness.

There are countless ouzo brands; however, the most famous one, worldwide, is the Ouzo 12. It was first produced in 1880 by the Kaloyannis brothers in Constantinople. Eventually the increasingly successful business moves to the Athenian port of Piraeus in 1919. The brothers produced various styles of ouzo, but the one preferred by connoisseurs came from barrel number 12. So, as the legend goes, No.12 Ouzo was born, becoming the best known and top selling ouzo brand in Greece and the most famous ouzo in the world.

Ouzo's taste has remained the same, coming from carefully selected herbs and spices, i.e. aniseed, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cardamom. These are distilled in traditional copper pot stills and the resulting liquid is placed in barrels in order to marry the complex flavours until they attain the full, distinctive taste for which Ouzo is famous.     


  1. There's not a city named Constantinople today.

  2. Despite the Ottomans changing its name, the Greeks and many in the academic field, whether they are historians, theologians...still keep the old name of the city. If you visit Greece or read books about the Byzantine capital, you will see that the name Constantinople is still used.