Traditionally this drink was made in the mountains of Crete.
It is a cinnamon cordial (kanela is the Greek word for
cinnamon). In the winter months it is served as a hot drink,
but you can also drink it cold, diluted with water or crushed
1.5 litre of water
500 grams of white sugar
250 grams brown sugar
5 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a pan add the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves. On
a high heat, bring it to the boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring
from time to time.
Once the syrup starts to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer
for another 20 – 25 minutes.
Stir in the lemon juice and remove from the heat.
Strain the syrup while it is warm, allow it to cool and store it
in a glass bottle.
Use 1/3 syrup to 2/3 water and serve the Kanelada hot or cold.
This is a Greek traditional drink made from the sweet syrup
from Cretan almonds. Neapoli is renowned for its production
of Soumada because of the quality of the almonds it
produces. It is diluted with water and served cold. It is called
“the drink of happiness”, because traditionally, Soumada, is
served at happy occasions such as weddings and
engagements because of its distinctive white colour.
20 bitter almonds
7 cups water
Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the almonds. Boil for
2-3 minutes, strain and leave them to cool, before peeling.
Blend in a blender with one cup of water. Put the mixture in a
cheese cloth and hang over a bowl to allow it to drain.
Reserve the milky liquid.
In another pan, boil the sugar together with the rest of the
water, until it turns into a thick syrup. Leave it to cool, add
the milky liquid and mix. Transfer to bottles and store in the
fridge. This is a concentrate so to serve, pour a little of the
soumada into a glass and top up with cold water.
Raki cannot be described as just a drink. Cretan Raki or
Tsikoudia, is synonymous with Crete, its people and its
culture. Tsikoudia is sometimes served cold from a bottle
kept in a freezer. This is commonly offered to visitors as an
expression of Cretan hospitality. In many tavernas it is given
as an after dinner digestif, with fruits and sweets. It can be
flavoured with lemon, rosemary, or honey (rakomelo),
but Finikas taverna in Neapoli very often serve their
customers rose raki, which they make themselves. Delish!!!!!
Neapoli has an exceptional reputation for producing some of
the finest Raki on Crete. There are 2 or 3 producers, in
Neapoli, including Mylonaki supermarket which is on one of
the back streets off the main square and we are reliably
informed that they produce one of the finest rakis.
Raki is said to cure all ills; drink raki if you have a headache,
are bothered by mosquitoes, feel nauseous, sad or happy. It is
a panacea; you can even use it to clean your sink or table.
Please be advised that excessive alcohol consumption can
cause fatal diseases like cancer and liver cirrhosis. So if you
are planning to consume raki, do it in moderation.
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