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Calissa’s When in Crete. (Photo courtesy of Calissa)

The night temps are dropping… you’re starting to wear both a sweater and a jacket. It’s happening, people. Winter is coming.

But that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to warm up.

Water Mill’s Calissa has plenty of options, but we’ve been digging this fun, fast belly warmer, made with (what else?) tsipouro, a Greek grape distilled spirit similar to grappa. While both spirits take full advantage of a harvest by using the leftover grape pomace — skins, seed, etc., from the winemaking process — and, like grappa, can have other herb or flower flavoring elements in it. Tsipouro, though, is a little fruitier, clocks in around 40 to 45% alcohol by volume and must be distilled in Greece according to European Union law.

Calissa partner Tanya Saxon makes this easy, warming shooter (or sipper — you do you) for the fall and winter months, but if you’re looking for something fun around the fire pit, she shared her recipe with us here.

When in Crete

Prep Time 15 minutes
Serves 20 shots


  • 1 750 ml. bottle tsipouro
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Pour the tsipouro into a large pot. Add in the honey and cinnamon sticks.
  • Heat over medium-low heat until the honey melts and the cinnamon becomes fragrant, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm in a shot glass. Stin yia mas!