Drinks

The Greek Frappe

Now that it is practically summer here in Greece, everywhere you look there are frappes. Whether you are passing by a coffee shop, there you will find many Greeks enjoying the sun and their frappes; whether shopping in a store or two, you are sure to find the workers sipping their frappes; or relaxing on the beach and savoring each sip. This is by FAR the most popular drink in Greece and I have yet to meet a Greek (besides my husband) that does not drink at least 2-5 PER DAY!!!  They are still too strong for me to this day despite how obsessed otherseveryone else seems to be with them!
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I must admit though, that it is one of the easiest drinks to make: coffee, water, and a cup with a lid… plus sugar and milk if you are fancy! It is uniquely characterized by its thick, creamy foam that you get by either shaking or using an electric wand. They are so easy to make and so popular, that they can even be bought at corner kiosks and made simply on the go by adding a little water, shaking until you have a foam and adding the remaining water.

In addition to a recipe (below), you must also know how to order a frappe when coming to Greece. Whether you take a lot or a little sugar with your coffee or even prefer it plain, it is all said in one simple word:

Natural Ginger Drinks

Ginger Root has so many benefits that it is kinda silly not to tap into its resources when you are feeling under the weather, motion sick, or just knocked up. Let’s first start by listing the actual remedies that ginger root has been used for: 
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1. Motion Sickness, Tiffers, this one is for you!
2. Morning Sickness
3. Upset stomach
4. Colds and headaches
5. Digestion aid
6. Lowers high blood pressure
7. Lowers LDL cholesterol levels 
8. Stomach ulcers
9. Arthritis or joint pain
10. Athlete’s foot, soak your feet in a cool ginger tea
11. Excessive perspiration
12. Freshen breath
13. Mood enhancer/Stress reliever
So, it looks like Grandma was right giving you a ginger ale anytime you complained for something. Okay, well my grandma never did that, but I am sure there are lots of grandmas who do. Heck, I will probably end up as that old lady with smeared, bright red lipstick and blue eyeshadow pretending to be a little senile while I go around giving ginger ale to the sick children of the neighborhood. It could happen, just don’t hold your breathe! 
Homemade Ginger Ale
1-2 T. homemade ginger syrup
1 1/2 cups Soda water
Ice
Lemon, optional

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Natural Green Ginger Tea
1 Natural green tea bag
1 cup hot, filtered water
1-2 tsp. homemade ginger syrup
lemon, optional
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Homemade Ginger Syrup Recipe:
1 cup fresh ginger root, skinned and chopped
1 – 1/2 cups raw sugar or honey
1 -1 1/4 cup water, cool and filtered
1-2 tsp. powdered ginger
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and steep for 3-4 hours or over night. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cloth. Refridgerate for up to two weeks or freeze for later use in drinks and sweets.
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I hope you will give this natural food a try as a healing ingredient in your diet next time you are feeling a bit down. Ginger has a very unique flavor of spice and sweetness that I am sure may take a few people getting used to it. Let me know what you think of your homemade ginger ale or tea if you give it a try! 

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Greek Coffee

This is another Greek tradition that is deeply rooted into the culture. Not only do most Greeks love caffeine, but drinking Greek coffee is synonymous with being Greek. I am actually not sure whether there are more frappes or these tiny little Greek coffees drunk throughout the day, but I would imagine that frappes win during the summer months for sure. Now that it is winter, you will rarely pass an empty coffee shop. Especially the local tavernas turned coffee houses for old men in the mornings, after lunch, and all evening.  
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Traditionally, the coffee was made in a briki made of brass or copper, but today it is common to use just a cheaper metal one. It is important to use the right size briki as to not lose the flavors by over boiling. Add the following ingredients to the briki for 2 servings of Greek coffee. 
2 teaspoonfuls of Greek coffee (Bravo, instant coffee)
2 teaspoons of sugar, for a medium sweet
2*3oz cups cold water

Stir to dissolve the coffee and sugar, then let the heat raise the foam without stirring. Once the foam reaches the top of the small briki, pour some of the foam into each cup to help create a base for the sediment at the bottom of the cup. This foam is called kaimaki, and the richer the better. Replace the briki on the heat and allow to heat and rise again, then finish pouring the coffee evenly into each cup. Coffee is always served with a tall glass of water and usually a cookie to compliment the strong flavor. Greeks typically drink 3-4 cups of coffee per day, even up to bedtime. 

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An old tradition or superstition is to flip over your coffee cup after you finish, leaving the tar like grounds to form as the slide down the cup. This design is then suppose to tell you about the future or your fortune. I have never actually seen any Greeks doing this today, except for maybe the kids flipping over their parents’ cups. 
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It usually takes a while for someone to enjoy the strong, sometimes bitter, flavor of Greek coffee, so the first time you try it make sure they add sugar. There are three ways to order a coffee: sketo with no sugar, metrio with 1 tsp, and glyko very sweet with 2 tsp. Serving Greek coffee is a form of hospitality, so if you are ever visiting someone’s house, you should expect to enjoy a cup!
PS. My pictures above do not do justice to the kaimaki foam that you would typically expect, I am pretty sure that I used a briki that was too tall and the foam wasn’t formed properly. 

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Ouzo – The National Drink

Ouzo is very much Greek, and every Greek I know loves ouzo. We are currently living in a special place when it comes to this national drink as Lesvos claims to be the origin of where ouzo all began. Lesvian ouzo (smile) is preferred all over the world for its unique flavor, but don’t ask me because I think they all taste like sweet licorice, blah. I have tried on several occasions to taste various types, with fish and without, with ice and without, it never fails that I squish my face and regret my decision. Regardless, ouzo is truly a unique liqueur and everyone should try it once or twice.
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A shot of Plomari ouzo above, it is naturally clear but when ice or water is added it becomes white and cloudy.

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)

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