Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail Recipe & Greece Travel will bring the beauty of the Mediterranean right to you. As all of you know, I have a healthy dose of wanderlust that calls to my heart! My recent wanderings took me to the stunningly beautiful country of Greece. I loved every moment of being immersed in the cuisine, culture, history, and experiences of this breath taking land. On my first evening there, after dinner by the seaside, we were served Skinos Mastiha Liqueur. I knew immediately that this would be the first recipe I’d make to share with all of you! Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail just had to be created from this sweet and tantalizing liquor! It beautifully captures all the love I feel for Greece in one refreshing cocktail. Skinos Mastiha is available in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, so explore your liquor store and share the magic of Greece at your next dinner party! 🙂
Excited to share my Greece Travel adventures!
My desire to travel to Greece and experience the Mediterranean cuisine, history, and stunning natural beauty began many years ago. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long simply because, I love it! I’m often asked what my favorite kind of food to cook is and my answer has always been . . . Mediterranean! Why? Because I love the fresh and healthy aspects of it. Many scientific studies have shown the positive effect of a balanced Greek diet on a person’s health, beauty, and longevity. I’m thrilled to share recipes along with photo’s from my recent trip with you over the next few weeks! Check out some of our other Greek recipes and delight in the beauty of Greece in our Culinary Journey Around the World posts– here are a few for you to enjoy:
Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
• The only distilled mastiha spirit in the world. Excellent quality derived from an ancient distillation recipe. Skinos spirit is highly versatile and is ideal as an aperitif, digestif, or in a cocktail. Similar to a sweet version of Gin.
• In Greece, mastiha (Greek: μαστίχα) is a sweet liqueur produced with the mastica resin produced from the Greek island of Chios. This is the original Mastica liqueur, not to be confused with mastika from Bulgaria or other balkan nations.
• The under water volcanoes, mild climate, and lime consisting soil of the Mediterranean island of Chios, along with a tradition, rooted deeply in the ancient years, of cultivation and harvesting, make mastiha world unique.
• Greek Mastiha is made by distilling the mastiha crystals. Sugar is typically added. It is a sweet liqueur that is typically consumed at the end of a meal. It has a very unique and distinct flavor, reminiscent of pine and herbs.
• Mastiha has medicinal properties and aids in digestion.
Mastiha Medicinal Properties
• Ancient Greeks knew it as a cure for bellyaches. Roman emperors used to spice their wine with it. Turkish Sultans harem ladies chewed it for fresh breath and fighting boredom. From a small Mediterranean island, Mastiha has traveled & conquered the world with its distinctive aroma and mysterious attributes.
• Tradition meets contemporary times the production of Mastiha Spirits is the outcome of a tedious and thorough work associated with nature. Traditional techniques of cultivation, harvesting and cleaning are combined with state of the art technology.
• From the ancient times to the recent years, pharmacology has recognized the unique therapeutic effects of Mastiha and sparked a widespread interest:
- Hippocrates [500BC], the Father of medicine used to mix Mastiha with honey to cure bellyaches & fight cold.
- Dioscurides [100BC], doctor & herbalist, recognized Mastiha as extremely good for the stomach, the digestion & the teeth [gums & whitening effect].
- Rebasius, Soranos the Ephesian, Etius Medicus, Scribonius Largus suggested numerous remedies with Mastiha.
- The University of Nottingham revealed that even small quantities of Mastiha can cure peptic ulcers.
Highlights from Greece
A few highlights from my travels in Greece.. this is just a quick look at some of the historical sites and beautiful areas that I visited! I’ll be sharing many more pictures, recipes, and adventures over the next few weeks! If you’d like to see more right now then just head on over to our Instagram Story Highlights and click on the circles at the top of our page! 🙂
We are so happy to share our Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail Recipe & Greece Travel highlights! We hope you enjoy!!
OHhhhh wait AND. . . we have exciting news!
Madeliene and her husband, Spencer, had a bouncing baby boy last week! So, in celebration (and exhaustion- let’s be honest!) we took last week off. We’re so happy to have him here with us, so grateful that mom and baby are doing great. Big brother Carter is adorable with little Charlie and watches over him very closely. 🙂
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- 7 ounces Skinos Mastiha Liqueur, chilled
- 1 liter sparkling soda, chilled
- 3 lemons
- 3 cups fresh blueberries
- 3 cups crushed ice
1. Using a wooden skewer poke each blueberry once inserting from top to base and place in a large bowl.
2. Combine 3 ounces Skinos Mastiha Liqueur, toss to coat, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to soak.
3. In a freezer safe container or zip top baggie spread blueberries in a single layer and freeze for 1 1/2 hours.
4. Thinly slice 1 lemon into rounds to garnish rims.
5. Remaining 2 lemons; cut in half for a fresh squeeze of lemon juice in each cocktail.
6. To serve: add 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1/2 cup Skinos Mastiha Liqueur blueberries, 1 ounce Skinos Mastiha Liqueur, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and fill to the top with sparkling soda water.
7. Cheers and enjoy your Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail !