Cocktail Recipes: Greek Lemonade Cocktail

July 13, 2016
Greece in the summertime is sweltering. The only way to brave the heat is with a cool drink in hand. While on a recent trip to my motherland, I discovered the Cretan spirit called Raki, or Tsikoudia. The drink has a strong smell of licorice but is less bitter than other anise-derived drinks. Regardless of how strong you like your cocktails, this one will suit. It is smooth and easy to drink, and even has some health benefits. How many liqueurs can you say that about? Raki aids digestion and is also said to cure a sore throat. Combined with fresh lemonade, you have a fun and health-conscious tonic. Enjoy this Cretan novelty as you bask in the warm summer sun.
Greek Lemonade Cocktail

Cocktail Recipes: Greek Lemonade Cocktail

Recipe Type: Beverages
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  • 1/4 cup Cane sugar
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cups Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Organic lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbs. Raki (or brandy, if unavailable)
  • 3 tbs. Mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling water or Prosecco
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Directions

1. Bring water and cane sugar to a boil in small saucepan. 2. Reduce heat and stir for about 3 minutes, until sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool for 5 minutes more. 3. Transfer simple syrup into pitcher, then add lemon juice, lemons, raki and mint. 4. Stir well and pour into four ice-filled glasses. 5. Top each glass off with a bit or sparkling water or Prosecco, and serve.
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Quincy is an NC-based college student who is passionate about leading a healthy and compassionate life. Aside from classes, she fills her time with cooking, writing, travel, and yoga. You can find more from her on her blog Shugurcän and on Instagram.

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