Frozen/chilled green grape
How to make:
STIR all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
|1 2/3 fl oz
|1/2 fl oz
|Sauvignon blanc wine
|1/4 fl oz
|Honey syrup (3 honey to 1 water)
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Martini-esque in style but gin's juniper-led botanical character is replaced by a Greek grape distillate (Tsipouro). Enhanced vinous notes and flavoursome acidity provided by a splash of dry white wine (ideally Dafni or even Assyrtiko but Sauvignon Blanc also works well). A spoon of honey (again preferably Greek orange blossom) provides the all-important balancing richness of flavour.
If honey syrup is not to hand then substitute 5ml of 2:1 sugar syrup or 7.5ml of 1;1 simple syrup
Created by yours truly in January 2021. Due to the use of a grape spirit and white wine, this Martini-like cocktail was going to be called a Greek White Martini but then discovered "Lefkó" is the Greek word for the colour white. It is also appropriately a synonym for white Greek grape varieties used in winemaking.