Ouzo is a relatively new and distinctly Greek liquor. If you ever visit the country you'll find almost everyone enjoying it. Modern ouzo creation began in 1856 on the island of Tyrnavos. The clear liquid is often compared to absinthe in terms of taste. It's traditionally served as an aperitif along with mezedes—appetizers such as octopus, calamari, salads, clams and others.
Should You Drink It?
The thing about ouzo is…it's not for everybody. Remember when you were a kid and you hated licorice? Well, if grew up and continued hating licorice, then you're not very likely to enjoy ouzo.
Take it Slow:
Ouzo is often thought to be a particularly potent alcohol. But that's not necessarily the case. It does have a high sugar content and sugar can delay the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream. So while you might not feel it at first, if you over indulge, you'll end up feeling it all at once. Pairing ouzo with fats and oils can help counterbalance the effects of the sugar.
How to Drink It:
Ouzo is typically served with water or ice or simply on its own in a shot glass.