Metaxa is a Greek spirit dating back to 1888. It is a blend of Muscat wines, wine distillates, rose petals, and herbs.
To make Metaxa, wine distillates are aged in French Limousin oak casks. These are then blended with Muscat wines from the Aegean Islands, along with rose petals and a secret mix of Mediterranean herbs.
Metaxa comes in five varieties:
- Metaxa 5 Stars - with the wine distillates matured for up to five years
- Metaxa 7 Stars - with the wine distillates matured for up to seven years
- Metaxa 7 Stars - with the wine distillates matured for up to twelve years and Muscat wines selected exclusively from the semi-mountainous, terraced vineyards of Samos
- Metaxa Private Reserve - with the wine distillates matured for up to 30 years
- Aen Metaxa - 1888 crystal decanters of AEN were created for the 120th anniversary of the brand in 2008, aged in Cask #1 (the oldest one at the facility, more than 80 years old with over 200 blends inside).
Not all varieties are available in all markets.
While the higher end bottlings in the line are best reserved for sipping neat or on a single ice cube, Metaxa offers an entire collection of recipes online.
One of the simplest, meant for cold weather, is the Metaxa Hot Sun. It is the combination of Metaxa 5 Stars and hot apple juice, garnished with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
Below find a video of the drink being made at one of the best bars in the world, Berlin's Lebensstern.
For move videos, visit Metaxa's YouTube channel.
Metaxa's website also lists a selection of cool bars in which to drink it in Germany, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Germany, England, Bulgaria, and Austria. Check it out!
This post is sponsored by Metaxa.