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Tsikoudia (Raki)

Tsikoudia (Raki)

DISTILLED FROM THE MUST, SKINS AND STEMS LEFT OVER AFTER WINE-MAKING, RAKI (TSIKOUDIA) IS BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR SPIRIT IN CRETE.  IT IS A STRONG, CLEAR, ASSERTIVE BRANDY CONTAINING 35-40% ALCOHOL, FLAVORED WITH HERBS CLOSE AT HAND SUCH AS THYME OR CITRUS RINDS AND IS SERVED AS BOTH AN APERITIF AND DIGESTIF. IT IS NOW PROTECTED BY THE EU AS A UNIQUE SPIRIT THAT CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED ORIGINAL WHEN IT COMES FROM CRETE.  VARIATIONS OF TSIKOUDIA CAN BE FOUND IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF CRETE. FOR EXAMPLE, RAKOMELO IS PRODUCED ROM THE HOT MIX OF TSIKOUDIA WITH HONEY AND CINNAMON, CARDAMOM AND OTHER LOCAL HERBS.


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