Cretan Winter Delight

Rakomelo is a traditional Greek alcoholic beverage made by combining raki (a grape-based pomace brandy) with honey, various spices like cinnamon, cloves, and sometimes other ingredients such as orange peel. It's typically served warm and is known for its sweet and aromatic flavor profile. Rakomelo is popular, especially during the colder months, as it's considered a soothing drink and is often enjoyed as a digestif.

The tradition of Rakomelo is deeply rooted in Greek culture and hospitality. It's often served as a warm drink during the winter, offering comfort and warmth to guests. It's a popular drink shared among friends and family, especially during social gatherings, celebrations, or after a meal. Rakomelo is not only appreciated for its taste but also for its symbolic value in bringing people together, fostering social connections, and representing Greek hospitality and warmth. The combination of raki and honey has historical significance in Greek culinary and cultural practices, contributing to its continued popularity and significance in Greek traditions.

One of the best productions of Rakomelo is from Roots and you can click the link here to order your bottle and have it shipped right to your door.

And once you receive your bottle of Rakomelo here is a delicious cocktail recipe to enjoy with your family and friends during the holidays.

Rakomelo Cocktail:


  • 2 oz Raki (a Greek spirit)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Lemon peel (optional)
  • Cloves (optional) 


  1. In a small saucepan, warm the honey, cinnamon stick, and optionally a few cloves over low heat. Stir until the honey is thinned and the spices are fragrant.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool slightly. 
  3. In a heat-resistant glass or mug, pour the Raki. 
  4. Pour the warm honey mixture into the glass with the Raki and stir well to combine. 
  5. Optionally, garnish with a strip of lemon peel or a cinnamon stick. 
  6. Serve and enjoy your Rakomelo cocktail! Remember to adjust the sweetness to your taste and enjoy responsibly!

Stin Ygeia Sas!