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Tsipouro (Greek: Τσίπουρο) is a distilled alcoholic beverage, more precisely a pomace brandy, from Greece and in particular Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, and the island of Crete, where the same spirit with a stronger aroma is known as tsikoudia. Tsipouro is a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 45 percent alcohol by volume and is produced from the pomace (the residue of the wine press). In other areas of Greece, the name raki is used from which the term rakizio is derived, used to refer to the drink's distillation process, often the occasion for a celebration among family and friends. Bottles of cachaça, a Brazilian alcoholic beverage. ... Pomace brandy is a liquor distilled from pomace wine. ... Map showing Thessaly periphery in Greece Thessaly (Θεσσαλια; modern Greek Thessalía; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is one of the 13 peripheries of Greece, and is further sub-divided into 4 prefectures. ... Epirus (Greek: Ήπειρος, Ípiros), is a periphery in northwestern Greece. ... For the famous World War II battle, see: Battle of Crete For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... Tsikoudia or raki is a grape-based spirit from the island of Crete (Greece), made from the distillation of pomace, i. ... Various distilled beverages in a Spanish bar A distilled beverage is a liquid, meant for consumption, containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol) purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as fruit, vegetables, or grain. ... Pomace is a substance prepared by pressing or grinding various fruits, for example in the manufacture of olive oil (from olives), wine (from grapes), or cider (from apples). ... This entry incorporates text from Eastons Bible Dictionary, 1897, with some modernisation. ... Rakı becomes cloudy white when mixed with water. ...


According to the tradition, the first production of tsipouro was the work of some Greek Orthodox monks. This occurred during the 14th century on Mount Athos in Macedonia, Greece. Gradually, this idea of using the must left over from the wine-making process in order to produce a distilled spirit was passed to viticulturists in poorer regions of the whole country, which already used the distillation process for other purposes. Thus, tsipouro was born. Greek Orthodox Church (Greek: Hellēnorthódoxē Ekklēsía) can refer to any of several hierarchical churches within the larger group of mutually recognizing Eastern Orthodox churches. ... Munichs city symbol celebrates its founding by Benedictine monks—and the origin of its name A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, the conditioning of mind and body in favor of the spirit. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... Capital Karyes Languages Koine Greek, Church Slavonic (both liturgical), as well as Modern Greek, Russian, Serbian, Georgian, Bulgarian, Romanian (civil) Head of State Greek Minister of For. ... wine grapes Viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) refers to the cultivation of grapes, often for use in the production of wine. ...


Depending on the time of year, tsipouro is used either as refreshment or as a hot beverage, and depending on the time of day, it replaces the drinking of coffee or wine. Tsipouro and tsikoudia, as with all alcoholic beverages in Greece, always seem to coincide with various social gatherings, as their consumption had a festive and symposium-like quality.


It is usually served in shot glasses, very cold, often with meze, walnuts, almonds, raisins, feta cheese, olives, or accompanying halva or other desserts in restaurants. Meze goes well with ouzo/raki   It should be possible to replace this fair use image with a freely licensed one. ... Country of origin Greece Region, town N/A Source of milk Goat, sheep or cow Pasteurized Depends on variety Texture Depends on variety Aging time min. ... The word halva (alternatively halwa, halvah, halava etc. ...


In 2006, Greece filed a request to recognise tsipouro as a PDO (Protected designation of origin) product. [1] Protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI) and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) are geographical indications defined in European Union Law to protect regional foods. ...


Although not typical, anise-flavored tsipouro is also available, produced especially in Central Macedonia and Chalkidiki. Although it has a very different production method, and usually is of higher quality (and price), this tsipouro is reminiscent of the flavor of the much more famous Greek liquor, ouzo.[2][3] Pimpinella species, but the name anise is frequently applied to Fennel. ... Central Macedonia is one of the thirteen peripheries of Greece, being the central part of Greek Macedonia. ... Categories: Greece geography stubs ... A bottle of ouzo Ouzo (ούζο) is a Greek anise-flavored liqueur that is widely consumed in Greece. ...


See also

Greek cuisine is the cuisine of Greece and of the Greeks. ... Tsikoudia or raki is a grape-based spirit from the island of Crete (Greece), made from the distillation of pomace, i. ... Zivania (also Zivana) (Greek: Ζιβανία) is a traditional Greek-Cypriot distillate produced in the island of Cyprus from pomace (or marcs), the residue of grapes that were pressed during the winemaking process (including the stems and seeds) mixed with high-quality dry wines produced from the local grape varieties of Cyprus. ... Grappa is a fragrant grape-based pomace brandy of between 40% and 60% alcohol by volume (80 to 120 proof), of Italian origin. ... // Greece produces more than 430,000 tons of olive oil annually, and more than 75% of that is extra virgin. ...

References

  1. ^ Greece is claiming tsipouro, Kathimerini newspaper archived article 21 April 2006 [1] Accessed 12 December 2006.

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Tsipouro (0 words)
Tsipouro is a variety of Greek clear grape brandy produced from the distillation of white grape pomace, which are the residual pressed grapes from wine making.
The remaining distillate, tsipouro, reaches 70-80 degrees alcoholic strength, its taste and strength regulated by the length of the distillation, and the temperature of the fire.
The fondness of the Greeks for tsipouro may have been stimulated by the very existence of the establishments known as ouzeri or tsipouradika; on the other hand it was perhaps the passion for good food and social interaction that gave birth to this special breed of café-taverna.
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