The recipes below partner with episodes on our new YouTube cooking series, Flippin’ Greek! ™, to show you how we do it in our kouzina. The link from each recipe to its YouTube episode will be active on the day of the week noted. Join us!
For each cocktail:
TOTAL PREP TIME: 5 minutes
EQUIPMENT: liquor shaker, cocktail pick, vegetable peeler (to shave chocolate or make curls)
We flipped a classic martini into a Greek version using ouzo, mastiha liqueur, and almond-stuffed olives. If this doesn’t have you shouting “OPA!” nothing will!
1 cup ice
2 ounces ouzo
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
Splash mastiha liqueur
2 Greek almond-stuffed olives, skewered on a pick
Lemon rind twists, for garnish
Shake (don’t stir) all of the ingredients together, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Serve with olives and garnish with lemon twists, if desired.
Greek kumquat liqueur adds a luscious fruitiness to this rich chocolate cocktail. Like anything chocolate-dipped, it’s irresistible.
1 cup ice
1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 ounces crème de cacao
1/2 ounce Greek kumquat liqueur
2 1/2 ounces light cream
Semi-soft chocolate bar, for garnish
Shake (don’t stir) all of the ingredients (except the chocolate bar) together, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with shaved chocolate or curls and serve.
The Moscow mule has gone south to Chios where the mastic tree grows, releasing the unique flavorful resin used to make mastic liqueur, the main ingredient in this cocktail. We named it for the Karpathian town of Apella because it reminds us of carefree days walking on its award-winning shores.
1 cup ice
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ounces mastic liqueur
1/2 ounce ginger juice
2 oz ginger ale
4 fresh mint leaves, crushed, plus a sprig, for garnish
1 orange slice, for garnish
Shake all of the ingredients (except the garnishes) together, then strain into a chilled glass mug. Garnish with a mint sprig and orange slice and serve.
This smoothie flip makes a colorful layered cocktail that’s flavored with aromatic Moshato (muscat) liqueur. It’s delicately sweet and richly vibrant.
KOUZINA TIP: If you’d like a sweeter drink, add a little honey to each fruit when you puree them.
2 ounces chilled lemon seltzer
1 ounce chilled Moshato (muscat) liqueur
1/2 cup juiced or pureed watermelon
1/2 cup juiced or pureed honeydew
1/2 cup juiced or pureed strawberries
1 strawberry, for garnish
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Pour the seltzer and Moshato into a tall chilled glass. Gently layer the fruit in the glass. If you’d prefer not to layer the fruit, shake all the ingredients (except garnishes) together, then pour into the glass. Garnish with a strawberry and mint leaves and serve with a straw.
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ABOUT Kukla’s Kouzina Flippin’ Greek! ™
Flippin’ Greek! ™ is our brand new cooking series on YouTube and the next exciting chapter in our kouzina. It’s four episodes a week, Monday through Thursday, featuring familiar non-Greek recipes we flipped to Greek-island style using ingredients and cooking techniques found in Karpathos. Each episode runs 2 to 15 minutes, the perfect length for viewers to quickly learn how to recreate foods and beverages/cocktails right alongside us.
The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipes for each week will be posted right here on our blog with links to the episodes.
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