5 Greek Gods Who Would Love Our Honey Liqueur
At Greek Lightning, we know good liqueur.
Our honey liqueur is crafted at the 150-year-old Callicounis Distillery in Greece, where it is distilled from the juiciest grapes and blended with natural organic Greek honey, then fermented with cinnamon, nutmeg, and our mix of secret herbs and spices. The result? The best-tasting Greek liqueur on the market, with a flavor so rich it could please even the gods.
Although we can’t ask them directly, we’re pretty sure there are a few Greek gods who would go to great lengths to sip from a bottle of Greek Lightning. In today’s post, we look at the prime suspects.
You knew he’d be on this list. One of the best-known Greek gods, Dionysus is the god of wine, festivals, and pleasure. He’s the only Greek god with a mortal mother — he was born to Zeus and the human princess Semele, who died after the jealous Hera forced her to look upon Zeus’s divine form.
Dionysus is the party animal of the gods. If there’s a celebration afoot, you can be sure that Dionysus is either throwing it or crashing it. Fittingly, the ancient Greeks threw many festivals dedicated to him, and according to legend, he’s the one who brought alcohol to humanity so that we could enjoy the best liqueurs and wines at those festivals.
Dionysus taught the art of making wine to the Spartan prince Icarius, who then shared that knowledge with the rest of mankind and brought some wine to his friends to sample. Unfortunately, Icarius’s buddies had never experienced the effects of alcohol before, and, thinking he’d poisoned them, promptly killed him. Bummer. But today, Dionysus’s generosity — and Icarius’s sacrifice — means we get to enjoy all the best sweet liqueurs and honey alcohols like Greek Lightning.
We’re pretty sure Dionysus is sipping some on Mount Olympus at this very moment.
Spots two, three, and four on our list of Greek liqueur connoisseurs go to the Oenotropae, the three daughters of King Anius of Delos, and the granddaughters of Dionysus.
Although they were mortal, we feel they fit on our Greek god list because Dionysus granted them the power to transform water into wine, grass into wheat, and berries into olives. “Oenotropae” roughly translates to “the women who change anything into wine,” and their individual names reflected their mythic powers as well. They were called Oeno (“wine”), Elais (“olive oil”), and, rather unfortunately, Spermo (“seed”).
No one around them ever went hungry. When King Agamemnon learned of their unique abilities, he wanted to abduct them, so they turned to Grandpa Dionysus for assistance, and he transformed them into doves to keep them safe. We’re not sure what happened after that, but let’s put it this way — if you ever see a trio of doves making delicious honey liqueur cocktails with Greek Lightning, that’s probably them. Dionysus’s granddaughters know good Greek liqueur.
Amphictyonis is a minor Greek goddess who represents both wine and friendship between nations. She’s the girl who can diffuse the tension in any situation with laughter and silliness. According to myth, she always wears a dress the color of white wine and carries a basket everywhere she goes, lest she find ripe grapes to pick.
Because her name is also the surname of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest and fertility, historians believe Amphictyonis may have been a local form of Demeter.
Her name is also used to toast accomplishments, so next time you ace that test, nail that interview, or achieve a goal, be sure to say “Amphictyonis” and unwind with a sweet liqueur cocktail made with Greek Lightning. She’ll probably toast you back from her perch on Mount Olympus.
Taste The Liqueur of The Gods
If Greek Lightning had been around in ancient Greece, we’re sure it would have featured prominently in the legends of the gods. Ready to try it yourself? Feel free to contact us. Our natural honey liqueur is imported from Greece and crafted from only the best Greek honey, grapes, and spices. Drink it neat or make one of our popular honey liqueur cocktails — no matter how you like it, it’s sure to be a hit at your next Dionysus festival.