also known as "raki", (Greek:
Τσικουδιά), is the the
trademark of Cretan day and night life, a strong clear drink similar
to Grappa in Italy or Orujo in Spain. It is made out of the 'must' of
grape skins and twiggs after the local production of the white wine.
It doesn't taste like aniseed, as opposed to the Turkish raki
Although not Cretan,
the aniseed ouzo is widely available
Beers: There are two
major companies that produce beer in Greece: Mythos (Greek:
Μύθος) and Alpha (Greek:
Άλφα). Also commonly available are Amstel,
Heineken and Carlsberg
Cretan Wine: Try the
eccentric cretan wine, produced in the island for at least 4000 years.
Labels: Sitia, Peza Union. Bottled wine mainly is used by tourists
only. The Cretans themselves drink so called 'open' wine, straight out
of the barrel, like fresh white wine, and the sometimes very old dark
rusty red wine, a bit like port
Retsina is available
in small bottles, a Greek resinated white wine that has been made for
at least 2700 years
Greek coffee: coffee
with strong taste but low in caffeine, similar to Arabic or Turkish.
The Greek coffee (hellenikos, Greek:
ελληνικός) comes in
levels of sweetness. Glykos - 2 sugars, Metrios - 1 sugar and Sketos -
no sugar. In addition there is Varis Glykos which is 2 sugars and
extra coffee. Ice coffee, or frappé, is cold shaken coffee out of
water and instant coffee, with or without ice cubes, sugar and cream.