Recipe Spotlight: Ouzo cocktails
Spring has sprung and patio season is popping! If you’re planning a few patio parties with your friends soon to enjoy the beautiful weather, here are three amazing and very simple cocktails, all of which include the delicious Greek liquor, Ouzo which you can pick up easily at Greektown’s own Artopolis Café.
Ouzito (The Greek Mojito)
The Ouzito, or the Greek take on a Mojito, is a fresh strawberry and mint drink that is perfect for the sweet tooths of the group.
3 fresh strawberries cut into pieces.
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz of ouzo
2 oz of club soda
- In a shaker place mint, strawberries, and simple syrup. Don’t shake too hard.
- Add ice, lime juice, the ouzo and shake a few times
- Pour all of it into a tall glass (don’t strain)
- Top with club soda and garnish with mint or strawberries for garnish
Recipe provided by: Hardly A Goddess, original recipe here
If you like tart or sour drinks, the Apollo Cooler is perfect for you. Inspired by the ancient God of Sun and Light, this drink is a truly a reFRESHment!
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of Metaxa
½ teaspoon ouzo
Lemon for garnish
- Add ice to a tall glass
- Add lemon juice, Metaxa, and ouzo and mix
- Fill glass with ginger ale and mix
- Add lemon for garnish
Recipe provided by: Kenton and Jane, original recipe here
Red Orange Blossom Cocktail
This drink adopts the color of the orange blossom and is the perfect combination for a warm spring night. Did you know oranges in ancient times were thought to be the “golden apple” Hera gave Zeus on their wedding night?
Double shot of vodka
Single shot of ouzo
Half a cup of fresh orange juice
Singe shot of Grenadine syrup
A quarter cup club soda
Garnish: Orange slices and mint leaves (optional)
- Fill a tall glass with ice. Add orange slices and/or mint leaves to add flavor and decoration.
- Add the shots of vodka and ouzo and fill the rest of the glass with the orange juice and club soda leaving enough space for the grenadine
- Take a long cocktail spoon and stir for a couple of seconds so that all the flavors are mixed.
- Add the shot of grenadine which gives it its bright beautiful color
Recipe provided by: Vaggelis, link to original recipe here