Nectar of the Ancient

Mastiha is a traditional Greek liqueur flavored with mastic, the resin from a tree that grows on the island of Chios. It adds an herbal, pine-like flavor to this sparkling cocktail from Berlin’s Lebensstern bar.

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Frost the rim of a chilled goblet by dipping it in slushy crushed ice to serve this mastic-flavored cocktail from Berlin's Lebensstern bar.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail


  • 1 oz. Skinos Greek Mastiha Spirit liqueur
  • 14 tsp. cardamom extract
  • 14 tsp. honey mixed with ¼ tbsp. warm water
  • 1 sprig mint
  • Champagne, for topping
  • Orange twist, for garnish


  1. Combine Mastiha, extract, honey, and mint in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a frozen cocktail glass filled and rimmed with crushed ice; top with champagne and garnish with an orange twist.