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Mastihatini – I’ll bring over a couple of glasses

Want a great cocktail with a Greek twist? This is it and I owe its invention to a good friend, Ilya Malahias, with whom I’ve sipped many a quaff while watching the sun slip into the sea on Ikaria.
Course cocktail, dinner
Cuisine Greek, Greek cuisine, Mediterranean diet
Keyword cocktail, cocktails with mastiha, Greek preserves, mastiha, mediterranean cocktail, preserve, sour cherries, vyssino
PREP TIME 10 minutes


  • 1 ½ shots Mastiha liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons Vyssino syrup
  • 1 cup crushed Ice
  • Seltzer
  • Lemon or orange slices for garnish


  1. Place the liqueur, syrup and crushed ice in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a flute or other glass and add enough seltzer to come up to just below the lip of the glass. Garnish with Vyssino or orange or lemon slices and/or fresh mint.