While visiting this Greek Island you may wonder what to drink in Santorini. Fortunately Santorini is blessed with some of the best vineyards in the Greek Islands. There are some very good wineries producing some of the finest wines available anywhere in the world. The volcanic eruption that shaped the island around 1500 BC left deposits of volcanic ash, lava and pumice stone. This eventually developed into the perfect soil for wine growing.
The wineries are open to the public for viewing of the ancient methods they still use and for the all important tasting! The most famous Santorini winery is that of Boutari just past Megalochori.
A couple of the wineries are so picturesque they are used as wedding locations for the many Santorini weddings that take place on the island each year.
For the wine connoisseur you'll find Santorini wines to rival many of the old and new world wines. With a wine-making tradition that goes back centuries, the unique volcanic soil and the care and expertise of the wine producers it's no wonder Santorini wine tastes so good. Red, Rose and White wines are all produced on Santorini.
For the everyday wine drinker, like us - (that doesn't mean quaffing a bottle of wine everyday!), Santorini wines are light, refreshing, fruity and most of all enjoyable. If you're not a wine buff either, you'll still enjoy the delicious wines produced in Santorini.
What to drink in Santorini? - Ouzo
Ouzo has long been associated with Greece and the Greek Islands. Clear until mixed with water and ice the aniseed flavoured spirit turns milky coloured. The flavour of Ouzo comes from selected herbs and spices - aniseed, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon and cardamom.
It's especially lovely to drink when eating local Santorini fish dishes like squid and octopus. You shouldn't leave Santorini without at least trying an Ouzo or two. Ouzo is best drunk on the rocks with water, lemonade or soda.
What to drink in Santorini? - Metaxa
Metaxa is a type of Greek brandy and is blended with aged Muscat wine and a secret mixture of herbs, flower petals and spices.
It is generally available in three types. Three Star, Five Star, and Seven Star. Each star symbolises a year that it's been aged in oak barrels - three, five or seven years. Seven Star Metaxa is the most expensive as it has aged longer.
We like it on the rocks with Coca Cola.
What to drink in Santorini? - Raki
Raki or Tsipouro is the local “hard stuff” and is made from what is left over after pressing the grapes for wine making. It is clear in colour and very strong – you have been warned!
As with all alcoholic drinks on the Greek Islands you'll be served at the very least a small dish of peanuts and sometimes sliced tomato, cucumber or pieces of bread and feta cheese, known as Mezedes when you order a drink.
The Greeks believe that alcohol should only be consumed with food.
The Greeks are not afraid to have a good time but they frown upon drunkenness.
Beer drinkers will love Mythos Beer. It's a Greek produced lager beer.
It's quite strong at 5% and has a subtle nutty taste to it. Served ice cold it is the perfect accompaniment to Souvlaki and fried potatoes with a Greek salad. Yammas!
Other imported beers are available but work out to be more expensive than the local brew. And you know what they say "When in Rome….."
The Fira nightclubs serve a vast array of drinks including very extravagant cocktails. But if you cannot wait until the midnight hour when most of the clubs are beginning to get going try the bars at the holiday resorts.
You'll find lots of happy hour, 'buy one get one free' cocktail bars in the holiday resorts of Perissa and Kamari for example.
Funny how happy "Hour" extends from 8.00pm – 11.00pm at most bars!
Delicious, colourful concoctions, bedecked with tiny parasols, slices of fruit and sparklers are irresistible when holidaying on any Greek Island.
There are no short measures either with bar staff mixing cocktails by eye and experience rather than relying on strict optic measurements.
The ever popular holiday cocktails of Sex on the Beach and Screaming Orgasm are delicious to drink but blushingly difficult to demand from a sexy cocktail waiter. Try it – and you'll see what we mean.
In Greece, the common name for Mountain Tea is malotira (pronounced mah-loh-TEER-rah), but many English speakers might know it as "Shepherd's Tea," because Greek shepherds would use the plants to make a brewed tea while tending their flocks high in the hills.
Greek Mountain Tea is very popular in the Greek Islands, and is enjoyed all year round, but especially in the winter months, when a nice hot brew is most appreciated!
This is a good time of the year to drink it to take advantage of its positive health benefits. Many villagers will tell you of its almost miraculous properties. It is said to have a positive effect on most common ailments but it is especially used for colds, breathing problems, digestion, bolstering the immune system, calming mild anxiety, and as an anti-oxidant. It can also help to reduce fevers.
Made from ground coffee beans heated up on a hot plate until frothy, this little hot shot of caffeine is served medium sweet, without sugar, or “glyko” – very sweet. The sugar is added at the start of the process, so the waiter will ask what type you want when you order – you don’t get a sugar bowl and spoon with Greek Coffee!
When it’s ready you get a small cup of dark brown liquid. make sure to wait and let it settle, because the grounds are in the cup. Again, if you drink down to the bottom you’ll get a mouthful of coffee grounds. Everyone gets a glass of water with their coffee in Santorini.
If Greek coffee sounds a little too hot and strong for you try an ice cold Café Frappe - delicious!
Being volcanic Santorini has very few sources of natural water so a desalination plant has to service the whole island. We wouldn't recommend drinking the tap water in Santorini because of this. Bottled water is cheap and easily available everywhere.
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