Spice Up Your Greek Christmas Party (Melomartini & Galactini Recipe Inside)
To me, one of many great things that the holidays bring is authentic Greek desserts. In fact I can remember my mother preparing traditional Greek desserts when I was a little kid and the excitement that came along with that.
It took her many years to realize that she needed to bake more than what she needed because my dad and I would eat about half of them in a day or two.
As much as I love those memories and as much as I love traditions I'm also someone who loves the excitement of new creations.
I look for new creations everywhere and if I don't find any I start to get creative.
A few years ago as I was having a drink at home while I inhaled about 4 pieces of Greek Christmas cookies known as Melomakarona an idea popped into my head. I wondered if I could turn this awesome Greek dessert into a cocktail.
Right away I sent a text to my friend Sof who's been a bartender for a long time and knowledgeable about about all kinds of drinks and spirits.
The next day, thanks to Sof we turned the Galactobouriko and Melomakarona from desserts to a martinis.
Galaktobouriko by Chef Joana Hard
Photo Courtesy of Joana Hard
I did think of throwing a couple of pieces of galactobouriko into my Ninja and adding vodka but I thought of going with Sof's way first.
Thanks to him I can celebrate my Greek Christmas at the bar without having to wait for the family party. Thanks Sof!
Now you can do the same. Below you'll find the recipe for a Galaktobouriko Martini and a Melomakarono Martini.
Galactobouriko Martini AKA
1 1/4 oz. Advocaat
1 oz. Honey Liqueur
1/4 oz. Mastic Liqueur
1/4 oz. Vanilla syrup
1/4 oz. Orange Juice
3 Dashes of Ground Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. Lemon Zest
In a shaker filled with ice add the Advocaat, Honey Liqueur, Mastic Liqueur, Vanilla syrup, Lemon Zest and 2 dashes of ground cinnamon and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish it with a dash of ground cinnamon and serve.
But galactobouriko, as great of a dessert as it is will just be the warmup. The number one Greek Christmas dessert is the melomakarono and for Greeks it isn't Christmas without it.
So without further ado here's the star of all Christmas cocktails, the Melomartini.
Melomakarona by Chef Joana Hard
Photo Courtesy of Joana Hard
Melomakarono Martini AKA
1 1/2 oz. Baily's
1 1/2 oz. Frangelico
1/8 Tsp. Orange Zest
Splash Grand Marnier
1 Tsp. Ground Walnuts
Dash or two of ground cinnamon
Pinch of Orange Zest
Pinch of sugar
1/4 Tsp. Thyme honey
In a shaker add ice, Baily's, Frangelico, Grand Marnie and the orange zest and shake.
Mix the orange zest, cinnamon and the sugar with the ground walnuts and pour onto a flat plate.
Pour honey on a flat surface like a plate as well and spin the rim of the martini glass onto the honey to evenly coat it. Next dip the martini glass onto the ground walnut mixture.
You can save some ground walnuts and some orange zest to garnish the top of the Melomartini.
Strain the ingredients out of the shaker and into your chilled and rimmed martini glass and serve.