I’m not qualified to speak to you about how the ouzo is made and for sure I will not try to. Ouzo is a drink which has an international reputation. Apparently this happened due to the fact that the tourists who have visited Greece, all these years, have tasted it during their summer holidays and its fame has spread around the globe.
For us Greeks, ouzo is the national drink that accompanies fish and seafood. It is inconceivable to eat seafood meze without drinking ouzo! 🙂 If you do… something will be missing. Personally, I find it quite difficult to drink it plain. It is too strong for me. But, I drink it with pleasure if I add inside my glass ice cubes. The taste changes and becomes a little lighter and much more summery. Of course, I am not the only one who drink it this way.
Ouzo is made from grapes in the late summer (mid-September to mid-October). It is during this period every year that the grapes ripen in Greece and are ready for getting collected. If you have not tried ouzo so far I strongly recommend you to do so when you visit Greece. But please do it the right way … drink it accompanied by an appetizer of octopus or squid, or even better of mackerel. Fried zucchini and greek salad are also fully supporting dishes for such an experience!!