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