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grabbed a bottle of Ouzo #4444839
06/29/17 11:26 AM
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Cincinnati has LOTS of Greek families, and one of the traditions that SOME of them practice is passing around shots of Ouzo at graveside services as a toast to the deceased. I work in the cemetery and can't partake on the job, but I finally bought a bottle for home consumption.

WOW. It tastes like black licorice on steroids. Apparently it's properly referred to as anise.

Anyway, I think I prefer it neat, but on the rocks is OK too, although the cloudiness when water or ice is added makes it look like alza-seltzer.

Not necessarily something I'd drink every day, but I do like it.


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444870
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Sounds like heartburn in a bottle. Wish I was younger! Thanks for the thread cheers


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444889
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The hangover from this stuff is just awful. Gives me a lot of dizziness and some headache to the point the enjoyment is gone. For this reason I don't drink it anymore.I prefer tsipouro or tsikoudia (in Crete) or raki (same thing Turkish name).no dizziness or headache at all even if you drink to the point of fainting!ouzo has a lot of additives in it and that's the reason it gets cloudy even with a hint of water. Cheers


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444894
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We drank a good bit of this about 17 years ago when I was in Greece (Thessaloniki) for six weeks. I second the horrible hangover.

Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: Panos] #4444904
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Originally Posted By: Panos
The hangover from this stuff is just awful. Gives me a lot of dizziness and some headache to the point the enjoyment is gone. For this reason I don't drink it anymore.I prefer tsipouro or tsikoudia (in Crete) or raki (same thing Turkish name).no dizziness or headache at all even if you drink to the point of fainting!ouzo has a lot of additives in it and that's the reason it gets cloudy even with a hint of water. Cheers


Kalispera!

Ouzo and Raki are not the same thing, and they taste slightly different. Usually Ouzo has more anise (for flavouring), whereas Raki has more spices/herbs in it.


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444917
06/29/17 12:31 PM
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Over the rocks !!!


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444923
06/29/17 12:36 PM
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I always tread gingerly with a new type of beverage until I get a handle on how I react to it. Drank about a gallon of water before I went to bed and felt just fine when the alarm went off at 5:45AM. I keep bottles of Fireball, Jagermeister and SchwartzHog in the bar freezer for parties and whatnot, but I generally stick with bourbon, either neat or rocks, largely because I know how much I can have and still feel like a human being in the morning.


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4444999
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We used to drink it mixed with cold water on hot days. It has a cooling effect. It shouldn't be drunk so much that you get drunk. Enjoy a small glass of 40-60 ouzo-water before dinner as an aperitif.

It's not sambuca to be drunk neat.

Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4445013
06/29/17 02:02 PM
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Yia sou!!

Ouzo is okay if you like the black licorice (anise) flavor. I've had tsipouro that was literally moonshine brought over from Greece. Yowza!! If you like brandy then you might like Metaxa and the more stars (7 vs 5), the better. I had something called Mastica (sp?) once that was real smooth and I liked it but it's impossible to find in the US, at least around here.

Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4445015
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Anisette(Sambuca) is great in black coffee. Real Ouzo has wormwood in it like absinthe. Nasty buzz. I explore a new booze cautiously, a couple tablespoons neat. For a really terrible Greek drink, I recommend Metaxa 5 Star Brandy. The hangovers I get are debilitating enough so that I plan for them when I drink. Can't spend the time. I over serve myself only once a yr with my brothers. I budget a day house hanging when applying for vacation.


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: dgunay] #4445023
06/29/17 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted By: dgunay
Originally Posted By: Panos
The hangover from this stuff is just awful. Gives me a lot of dizziness and some headache to the point the enjoyment is gone. For this reason I don't drink it anymore.I prefer tsipouro or tsikoudia (in Crete) or raki (same thing Turkish name).no dizziness or headache at all even if you drink to the point of fainting!ouzo has a lot of additives in it and that's the reason it gets cloudy even with a hint of water. Cheers


Kalispera!

Ouzo and Raki are not the same thing, and they taste slightly different. Usually Ouzo has more anise (for flavouring), whereas Raki has more spices/herbs in it.


greek raki tsikoudia or tsipouro are all pretty much plain alcohol from grapes, absolutely no herbs in it. There is however a version of tsipouro with glykaniso (liquorice) that tastes closely to ouzo


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4445026
06/29/17 02:14 PM
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sounds like our zivania stin Kypro

Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4445036
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Ouzo is good stuff! (in moderation of course)OOPAH


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: CincyDavid] #4445069
06/29/17 02:58 PM
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They had the Panegyri Festival at St Nicholas-Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church recently, it's a huge event, and the weather wasn't beastly hot, for once. This event has been going on for maybe 35 years, and gets bigger every year.

http://holytrinity.oh.goarch.org/panegyri/event-info


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Re: grabbed a bottle of Ouzo [Re: andyd] #4445108
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Originally Posted By: andyd
Anisette(Sambuca) is great in black coffee. Real Ouzo has wormwood in it like absinthe. Nasty buzz. I explore a new booze cautiously, a couple tablespoons neat. For a really terrible Greek drink, I recommend Metaxa 5 Star Brandy. The hangovers I get are debilitating enough so that I plan for them when I drink. Can't spend the time. I over serve myself only once a yr with my brothers. I budget a day house hanging when applying for vacation.

May i recommend pickled cucumber juice or pickled cabbage juice (the version without vinegar, just salt, black pepper rounds and garlic gloves and water)

european brandy is an acquired taste....


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