TSIPOURO is not produced in any other part of the world except Greece. It is a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 36% alcohol per volume and is produced from the must-residue of the winepress. The distillation process lasts for about three hours, during which the product is tasted for its alcohol content, and controlled by increasing or decreasing the heat. Finally, the distillation stops just when the acquired Tsipouro has the desired taste.
Depending on the time of year, tsipouro is used either as refreshment or as a hot beverage, and depending on the time of day, it replaces the drinking of coffee or wine. Tsipouro and tsikoudia, like all alcoholic beverages in Greece, are generally consumed at social gatherings. The best way to enjoy tsipouro is straight from the freezer. Some people prefer to either dilute with water or add ice. It is usually served in shot glasses with meze (a small side dish) such as nuts, dried fruit, raisins, cheese, olives, seafood, meat, halva, or paximadi (rusk).