Metaxa Cocktails – Recipes for the Greatest Greek Spirit

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Metaxa Cocktails — Recipes for the Greatest Greek Spirit
By Tom Wilkinson

 

In this month’s column, I will be enjoying a bottle of Metaxa 12 Stars as well as the cocktails you can make with it.

Metaxa, also known as the ‘Greek Spirit’, is often mistaken for a brandy or cognac, but in actuality it is a unique and distinct beverage. Back home in Greece, the distillery is symbolised by the Salamina Warrior (a symbol of risk-taking and courage), inspired by a medallion found during construction.

Metaxa is made from a mixture of Muscat wines and botanicals which can be enjoyed neat or with a small amount of ice. Drunk in this way, it most closely resembles a floral brandy. Personally, I enjoyed it the most when used in a cocktail. Here are some of my recommendations:

 

Orange Summit

Metaxa Cocktails with bottle and cocktail glass

Dr Wilko’s Orange Summit

This mixture of fruit juice and Metaxa blends well for a refreshing cocktail that would be perfect for enjoying on a Greek beach.

To make an Orange Summit you will need:

  • a double measure of Metaxa 12 stars
  • a double measure of orange juice
  • 20ml measure of fresh lime juice
  • dashes of chocolate bitters
  • 15ml of sugar syrup

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain, over ice, into a frosted Old Fashioned glass then garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and chocolate shavings.

 

 

 Greek Sazerac

 

Metaxa coctails Greek Sazerac in glass

Feeling fruity: The Greek Sazerac

For aniseed fans, the Metaxa prevents the aniseed from being cloying for a well rounded slow, drink.

To make a Greek Sazerac you will need:

  • a double measure of Metaxa 12 Stars
  • 2 teaspoons of aniseed Liqueur
  • 3 teaspoons of brown sugar syrup
  • 4 dashes of Peychaurds bitters

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh grapes and serve.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pole 2 Pole

Metaxa Cocktails Pole 2 Pole

Travelling Pole 2 Pole

This cocktail is deceptively drinkable with a lightness that makes it too easy to quaff. Drink with care!

To make a Pole 2 Pole you will need:

  • a double measure of Metaxa 12 Stars
  • a single measure of dry vermouth
  • a teaspoon of peach liqueur
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass containing ice then garnish with cinnamon dust and orange peel.

To hear the good Doctor making these cocktails you can listen to the podcast here:

 

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Contributor Tom Wilkinson the creator and host of Dr Wilko’s Campaign for Better Beverages a podcast about quality alcohol. He also co-hosts and edits a podcast on geeky topics drawn from a hat and British politics.

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