Summer Solstice Greek Recipe Spotlight: Honeydew Ouzo Cocktail
Cheers to the longest and brightest day of the year on June 20 with a refreshing frosty drink made with frozen honeydew, mint, lime juice and just the right splash of ouzo. Considered the national drink of Greece, ouzo is an anise-flavored liquor produced from grapes and uniquely represents Greek culture. This recipe is courtesy of Mia Kouppa.
Honeydew Ouzo Cocktail – Yields 1 cocktail
- 1 ¼ cup frozen honeydew, in small cubes
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 1 ½-2 tbsp ouzo
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp simple syrup*
- 2 fresh mint leaves
For garnish, optional
- 1 cube unfrozen honeydew
- 1 fresh mint leaf
- 1 small wedge of lime
* Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- Place all ingredients for your drink (except for the garnish) into a blender and blend until smooth and there are no chunks left.
- Pour into a cocktail glass. If you like you can prepare the garnish by using a decorative skewer to hold the pieces of honeydew, mint leaf and piece of lime.
- Serve immediately, and enjoy!
To make simple syrup
- Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pot. Bring to boil, and then reduce to medium stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
- Transfer the simple syrup to a covered jar or plastic container and keep in the refrigerator to use as needed.