All about mastiha: a fine Greek liqueur (for sipping or cooking)

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When we recently went to eat at the renovated Podium Mozaïek in Amsterdam, we came into contact with mastiha. That turns out to be a Greek liqueur that you can not only enjoy sipping, but that also lends itself very well to cooking.

The new chef at Podium Mozaïek has Greek roots and that is reflected in various places on the menu. For example, you can order spanakopita : that delicious Greek spinach pie with filo dough. The tzatziki that you get with the pita bread also betrays that it is about the real deal . And then there is mastiha, a Greek liqueur that is used in the cheesecake with cherries. We want to know more about it!

Mastiha: a nice Greek liqueur

Mastiha (or masticha) turns out to be a Greek liqueur that is flavored with the resin of the mastika trees on the Greek island of Chios and enriched with sugar.

In terms of taste, this results in a sweet liqueur with spicy, pine and cedar-like flavours. It is often drunk after a meal, as it is claimed that it aids digestion.

Cheesecake, cocktails, ice cream

We think the aroma of pine and cedar is reason enough to have a bottle of mastiha in the house (especially if you like to organize culinary themed evenings, with for example stifado or feta saganaki ). It is simply an extremely fine liqueur with a sophisticated but accessible palette of flavours.

Partly because of this, mastiha lends itself very well to use in all kinds of dishes. Do like the cook at Podium Mozaïek and mix it with cherries for a delicious coulis for the cheesecake. Or make cocktails with it: a mastiha sour for example, or a mastiha mule . You could even splash your exes some mastiha over your ice cream for a grown-up touch.

In this recipe they also use masti halikeur to fry sausages, which must be very tasty with the white bean puree that they serve with it.

A bottle of mastiha costs €21.50 and you can buy it online

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