Refresco vs. Metaxa
Greece just made it through the group stage after beating Ivory Coast in the last minute with a penalty. I've done retsina, red wine and ouzo so far, so what's next? Metaxa, that's what. It's a Greek brown spirit first created in 1888. It starts out like a brandy; it's made from a range of distillates from dry white wines and aged in oak casts. It's then blended and a sweet Greek muscat wine is added along with herb and floral extracts, including rose petals. This is then further aged in barrel. It's deep brown in color that's smooth with herbal, floral notes. A Metaxa Side Car sounds pretty good with 3 parts Metaxa, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts orange juice, shaken with ice, strained into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnished with an orange twist.