Thirsty Thursday: Ouzo Lemon Spritzer

By: Kelsey Vala
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

When summer heat means long, lazy days, we need to take a step back and enjoy simplicity. Effortless cocktails, like this Ouzo Lemon Spritzer, rely on just a few flavorful ingredients.

This spritzer uses ouzo, an anise-flavored Greek aperitif that is often served deeply chilled on its own. The taste of the ouzo remains pure and aromatic when enhanced by only a few fresh mint leaves, lemon juice and a touch of soda water. It's refreshing and simple, not to mention a great accompaniment to easy summer appetizers.

Bottoms up, folks!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces ouzo
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Soda water
  • Orange slices, for garnish

Directions:

Place the ouzo, mint and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and top with soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

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