Santorini Solstice

During this pandemic of a summer, I’ve often felt lazy to create intricate recipes. You’d think with all the extra time on my hands, I’d be busying myself with research and creating a myriad of syrups and flavour combinations to create something fresh and exciting.

Well, you’d be wrong.

Part of that could be because I was hoping to be in the motherland (Greece) at this point in the summer, but with everything going on, I, like so many, have taken a stay-cation. But that doesn’t mean I can’t at least pretend I’m soaking up the beach and sunsets, right? Just say yes so I can continue on.

Keeping with my tradition of creating countless purple cocktails on this blog, I put together a simple and light recipe that reminded me of the awe-inspiring sunsets of Santorini.


Add all ingredients (except tonic water) to a shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a Collins glass and slowly top with tonic water. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

The result is a refreshing, sweet cocktail with hints of pine from the mastiha and floral from the cordial. The aromatic tonic water gives off notes of cardamom and ginger, and the whole thing is cut by the neutrality of the vodka and the citrus from the lemon juice.

Using Skinos as the base brought me back to all of the mastiha-based cocktails I would have in Greece. And, at least for a while, I felt like I was back. That’s when I realized it was only 7:30 p.m. and the sun was already setting, signaling the end of summer.

Here’s to next summer and longer sunsets. Cheers!