Ouzo cocktails are a fun way to enjoy the classic Greek spirit. Ouzo has a distinct anise flavor that comes from botanicals like star anise and fennel. While ouzo is often drank straight or on the rocks as an aperitif, mixing it into cocktails allows the drinker to experience ouzo in new and exciting ways.
Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying drinks with friends, ouzo cocktails are a great option. The anise flavor combines beautifully with fresh juices, syrups and other spirits. From refreshing summertime drinks to sophisticated libations, you’ll find recipes to suit any taste or occasion. Give one of these ouzo cocktails a try – we’re sure the unique flavor will have you wanting more.
One of the classic uses for Ouzo is an ouzo lemonade. The spicy, tangy flavors of the Ouzo work exceptionally well with the sweetness and tartness of the regular lemonade, so spiking a little lemonade is a perfect choice with your leftover ouzo. You can use lemon juice and honey for a truly Greek treat.
If you like to add a little pizzazz to coffee, you might consider putting some ouzo in your evening cup (or morning cup - we won't judge). However, you can take spiked coffee up a notch by making the "Bold Greek" - a coffee and ouzo cocktail with fennel syrup and full of delicious flavors.
If you’re looking for something sweeter, that's totally understandable. Even Ouzo, a spicy and strong drink, can be paired with some sweet ingredients. "Bee my Ouzo" has lemon juice, honey, pineapple juice, and sparkling wine to even out the flavors. This recipe makes a delicious, sweet spritzer perfect for a Greek brunch party.
A traditional mojito is not very sweet, but this ouzo and blackberry mojito involves homemade blackberry syrup to add some natural sweetness. However, it's a little more difficult to make, the combination of the anise-flavored Ouzo and the sweetness of the blackberry.
"Sex on the Greek" is a play on sex on the beach, one of the most popular tropical cocktails of all time. However, this one adds a bit of Greek spice by using Ouzo instead of rum. The traditional sweetness is still there, and the fruity notes come through strongly, with a touch of anise and spices to follow it up.
For one of the simplest Ouzo recipes available, this ouzo mint spritzer is perfect for a group. You can use a whole bottle to create the spritzer and infuse it with lemon for the perfect light spritzer to start your evening. The flavors of the Ouzo are spread throughout, making it a delightful (and light) drink.
Martinis come in all shapes and sizes, so it shouldn't surprise you that there's an ouzotini (ouzo martini) on this list. Pineapple juice and vodka have a surprising amount of sweetness to go along with the classic ouzo flavor.
Named for the Greek god of the sun, the Apollo Cooler will feel like a cool breeze on a hot, sunny Greek day. With lemon juice and ginger ale, it’s a delicious drink perfect for any summer party, whether inside or outside of Greece.
If you like strong, bold flavors, you probably already love both Ouzo and grapefruit. However, have you ever considered trying them together? This take on the classic cocktail involves grapefruit juice, grapefruit vodka, and club soda for a punchy, strong, sparkling ouzo cocktail. It's perfect for an evening party!
A mojito is a minty lime drink traditionally made with white rum. In this recipe, however, the rum has been switched for Ouzo to make a punchier, spicier version of the traditional mojito. If you're looking for a way to incorporate mint and give your Ouzo a more licorice flavor, this recipe will do the trick!
10 Ouzo Cocktail Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Discover refreshing ouzo cocktails that will transport you to the sunny shores of Greece.