Ouzo drinking etiquette

A few things you need to know about how to enjoy ouzo from this great article:

“Here is some ouzo etiquette you may want to keep in mind if visiting the beautiful country of Greece:

  • Though you can have it neat, it is recommended that you dilute it with some cold water and ice. When water is mixed into the ouzo it will turn milk white or cloudy because of the presence of the oil of anise.
  • It is poor form to drink Ouzo ‘dry hammer’, or without eating anything, because this will get you tipsy quicker, and getting drunk may not be as well tolerated in Greece. Eating slows down the rate of intoxication so it is best to eat along with your ouzo.
  • It is also a terrible idea to mix ouzo with other alcoholic drinks; it could have disastrous results.
  • The idea with ouzo is to get into a good enough mood to relax and unwind and perhaps philosophize about life in general. And if you get into an argument about philosophy with a Greek person and they shout at you; it probably means they like you!
  • Don’t ask for double ouzo in Greece; their measures are far more generous than at other places.
  • It is an aperitif and is best had before a Greek meal; it will clear the palate without overpowering the subtle flavors of the food.
  • To avoid hangover and dehydration, make sure you drink water along with your ouzo. The alcohol can quickly dehydrate you; this is particularly important on a hot day.”

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