Psimeni Raki of Amorgos

The Amorgian Psimeni Raki: Psimeni (heated) raki is the traditional liquor of Amorgos island. The ingredients of this strong liquor include alcohol distilled from grapes (known as raki), honey and various herbs (no preservatives are added). Tourists will find that the strongly flavored rakomelo will match well with the local cuisine.

At the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, monks traditionally used to greet the pilgrims by offering them psimeni raki and loukoumades (a sweet dough covered with lots of sugar) as a restorative after the steep and arduous climb up to the monastery. This drink is also offered at weddings.

Psimeni raki is traditionally enjoyed by the natives at the traditional coffee shops accompanied by other delicacies in the afternoon. This traditional alcoholic beverage has been produced on the island of Amorgos since ancient times and was always served along with food when friends and relatives came to visit.

The traditional beverage is among the top souvenirs to take home after visiting Amorgos. It is usually available at shops selling local products.