With its distinctive anise flavor, ouzo is certainly an acquired taste. But our Greek roots mean we have a special place for ouzo in our cocktail repertoire, and we couldn’t resist sharing a refreshing pairing that will convert many an ouzo skeptic.

Simply infuse the ouzo with lemon, prepare a mint simple syrup (much like the one we use in some of our house-made juices), and finish the package with a shaker of turbinado sugar for rimming cocktail glasses.

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Lemon-Infused Ouzo Mint Spritzer


Lemon-Infused Ouzo

1 200-mL bottle Ouzo

1 lemon, with top layer of peel carefully tested into long strips 

Mint Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

2 large sprigs fresh mint

Remaining Ingredients

club soda

turbinado sugar for rimming

lemon slices and mint for garnish


For cocktail: Measure 1 shot of ouzo into a cocktail shaker. Add 1 shot of mint simple syrup and 6 ounces club soda. Add ice and shake until combined. To rim your glass, dip the top of it into your mint simple syrup, and carefully place in a shallow plate of turbinado sugar. Carefully pour cocktail into rimmed highball glass and garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of fresh mint.

FYI: The cocktail will turn a milky-white color when shaken. This is because anethole, the essential oil of anise, is completely soluble in alcohol at approximately 38% ABV and above, but not in water. Who knew?!

#ProTip: Citrus is a great infusion option for a variety of alcohols – try blood orange with vodka or grapefruit with tequila.