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Tsipouro

Traditional grape marc spirit of the Greek region of Macedonia and similar to ouzo (although this is distilled from wine). It is double distilled from the press residues of the white grape varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri Aspro and Roditis. After the first distillation, some aniseed is added, but this is not obligatory. As with all aniseed spirits, when water is added or when the spirits are cooled very strongly, a characteristic milky discoloration develops - the so-called louche-effect (also ouzo effect). Tsipouro is also used for spriting, for example on Santorini for Vinsanto. In Crete the liquor is called Tsikoudia or Raki.

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