Greece has a rich culture, full of delicious food and amazing drinks. Bartenders looking for authentic Greek cocktails to accompany their souvlaki may feel lost as to where to begin.
Greek cocktails feature lots of mint and anise flavors. These drinks add citrus and fruit flavors into unique, refreshing sips.
The Greek cocktail recipes in this article provide simple starting points for bartenders hoping to add some Mediterranean flair to their menus.
The Bold Greek cocktail lives up to its name, providing drinkers with strong, unexpected flavors.
Anise provides the primary tasting note, whereas coffee and ouzo round out the profile.
Bartenders must make a fennel simple syrup infusion an hour before mixing the cocktail. The process is simple but time-consuming.
Stock your bar cart with ice cubes, fennel, sugar, ouzo, Tia Maria, coffee, and orange slices.
Each batch makes four cocktails.
The sidecar is a classic cocktail with a long history. Metaxa, a Greek, brandy-like liquor, adds some Mediterranean flair to the old standard.
Each cocktail comes together easily.
Simply mix the Metaxa, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice cubes in a shaker, pour into a sugar-rimmed glass, and enjoy.
Mojitos are bright, refreshing cocktails anchored with a minty bite. Unlike conventional mojitos, this Greek variation doesn't muddle the mint leaves, keeping them intact.
The drink requires quite a few ingredients, so check your supplies before beginning your cocktails.
You'll need Mastiha liqueur, white rum, lemon-lime soda, mint leaves, mint twigs, lime juice, and ice cubes.
Ouzo lemonade is the perfect summertime cocktail. The refreshing citrus drink pairs beautifully with ouzo's anise flavor.
Honey lends the cocktail sweetness, while mint provides a bright, cool pop. Fresh lemon juice lays the drink's foundation.
The mint leaves require muddling, which is the most complicated aspect of drink preparation. Each cocktail comes together in about five minutes.
The Greek Mati Cocktail resembles the evil eyes the cocktail is named after. A Mati is a curse, but the striking drink carries no malice.
Achieving a memorable appearance requires extra time and care.
Each cocktail calls for blue curacao, vodka, lemonade, cream, caster sugar, and ice cubes.
The drink takes about fifteen minutes to prepare.
The sex on the Greek cocktail is a cheeky drink with a sense of humor. The bright yellow concoction puts a Mediterranean twist on a tropical classic.
You'll need to stock up on ouzo, Amaretto, lemon juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice.
Combine the liquids in a mixer over ice, give it a good shake, and serve.
Mimosas are the quintessential brunch beverage; you can't enjoy a quiche without a fizzy drink.
The Greek mimosa defies your expectations of the cocktail, swapping lemon juice for the traditional orange juice.
Tsipouro, cinnamon simple syrup, and Greek rose wines round out the recipe.
The cocktail mixes up easily and offers a spicy, citrus take on a classic.
The mojito makes a triumphant return to our list, this time featuring brown sugar. Bartenders need to muddle mint leaves for this variation on the classic.
The recipe mixes up quickly and calls for mint sprigs, brown sugar, lime juice, Metaxa, lemon juice, and club soda.
Mix all the ingredients except the soda in a shaker, pour, and top with the carbonated liquid.
Sangria makes the perfect summer sip. The sweet, fruity wine lends itself to a wealth of variations. Greek white sangria features plenty of citrus flavors.
Dry white wine provides the base of the cocktail.
Add orange liqueur, Metaxa, apricot nectar, sugar, lemon, lime, orange, club soda, and fresh mint sprigs. Each batch makes sixteen servings.
Despite the name, the Greek mirage cocktail isn't a trick of the eyes. The light green cocktail combines an array of unexpected flavors into a delicious, refreshing sip.
Bartenders mixing Greek mirage cocktails need fresh mint leaves, lemon, cucumber, sugar, vodka, and ouzo.
The recipe calls for some muddling but otherwise mixes together easily.
The Greek revolution shooter combines three ingredients into one sweet cocktail. The bright red drink is perfect for beginner bartenders hoping to expand their menu.
Mix ouzo, grenadine, and Galliano in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serve the drink in a shot glass and enjoy.
Cut the cocktail with some club soda if the concoction is too sweet.
Greek cherry sangria provides us with another variation on the beloved fruit punch. This recipe uses red wine as a base.
Add cherry juice, orange juice, orange liqueur, fresh mint, oranges, lemons, limes, and ice to the wine.
Allow the ingredients plenty of time to steep and serve over ice. Each batch makes eight servings.
The Greek Apollo cooler mixes a few basic ingredients into a refreshing summertime drink.
The bright citrus concoction borrows a spicy profile and plenty of bubbles from ginger ale.
To mix up a Greek Apollo cooler, the bartenders need ice cubes, lemon juice, Metaxa, ouzo, and ginger ale.
The drink mixes together easily, requiring only five minutes to complete.
Which Will You Try First?
Tell us which Greek cocktail you want to try first and let us know how it tastes in the comments! These drinks pair well with your favorite Greek dishes, or you can enjoy them on their own.
- Choose your favorite recipe.
- Gather the necessary ingredients.
- Prepare and mix your drink in 10 minutes or less.