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Rakomelo with Christmas

Posted: 20 Dec 2015, 11:22
by Erno
Rakomelo with Christmas - 20 December, 2015


What if the cold is bitter? So what if we are in the heart of winter? No problem. A glass of warm rakomelo will take you in the most sweet and exhilarating way of warmth.

The raki or tsikoudia, the transparent fragrant "lady" of Crete, blends harmoniously with the golden fragrant pine honey [pevkómelo], and the result is a drink of exceptional quality and taste, the well-known rakomelo!

The rakomelo contains two basic components, raki and honey, that provide the body the beneficial properties. The raki, a single distillate from strafylla, ie the pressed grapes that remain 40 days in barrels where the fermentation is done, is highly digestive especially after a high-fat meal, but also when warm, it offers instant relief to a sore throat. It is also soothing to various forms of colds. The alcoholic strength of raki varies depending on the preferences of the manufacturer, and ranges from 42-58 ABV (Vol%). [ABV = alcohol by volume]

Honey especially is a important food for humans, as it contains flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that exert cardioprotective and anticancer activity.

It has antibacterial properties, protects against ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders and relieves severe cough and throat irritation. It contains vitamins, minerals and trace elements, enzymes and amino acids, offering many more benefits to the body. Honey is undoubtedly among the foods that ally with good health and longevity.

What is the recipe for this excellent drink?

* 100ml raki

* 35 grams honey (preferably pine honey, that does not blur and gives an amber color)

* 2 cinnamon sticks

* 3 - 4 dried cloves (pins)

Heat a pot of raki together with the cinnamon and cloves and add the honey. Leave the rakomelo over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and remove the cinnamon and cloves.

And do not forget, rakomelo is drunk hot! Cheers!

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Re: Rakomelo with Christmas

Posted: 21 Dec 2015, 09:41
by dmaxdub
Do you let the Raki boil and lose all the alcohol ?


Re: Rakomelo with Christmas

Posted: 21 Dec 2015, 09:53
by Erno
Alcohol has a much lower boiling point temperature (173° F / 78.5° C) than water (212° F / 100° C). So if you stay under that it does not evaporate.