Vyssinatha | Greek Cherry Cordial

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VyssinathaIn our last post, we talked about how we spent labor day weekend at the beach. It was hot. In Greece when it’s hot, and there is sour cherry spoon sweets being made, there is one thing that is never hard to find. It’s a refreshing drink made with the syrup from the spoon sweet. It’s delicious. It’s called: Vyssinatha (βυσσινάδα)

It might just be the single most refreshing and easiest thing to make. I don’t know how well known it is with tourist, but in Greece it’s pretty popular in the summer time. Therefore, we’re excited to introduce it to those of you that haven’t seen/had this before.

Having the cherry spoon sweets by itself is more than enough, but what to do with all the delicious syrup?

Take some and pour it in a glass, add some ice water, and enjoy life. That’s exactly how vyssinatha came to be. It’s that simple to make.

It’s a beautiful red color the is easy to drink and gives you a nice little sweet taste with each gulp. It is more or less a cherry cordial. There is no alcohol in it and it’s made with real fruit juice! And sugar, yeah, there’s some of that in there, too.

It’s just one more reason to give the cherry spoons sweets a try, as you’ll be able to enjoy not only them, but this drink as well.

Greek cherry cordial

Just a tip: don’t add ice. It will crystallize the sugar. Get the water as cold as you can, then pour it in. Of course, if you don’t mind the crystals, add ice – it’s up to you.

We hope you enjoy this!

Kenton & Jane


Vyssinatha | Greek Cherry Cordial

Kenton & Jane
Cherry Cordial
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine Greek
Servings 1 drink


  • 2-3 tablespoons of syrup from the cherry spoon sweets recipe
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 glass


  • Add syrup to glass.
  • Add ice cubes to water, stir to chill.
  • Remove ice cubes and pour cold water into glass with syrup, mix well.
  • Serve!

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Lemon & Olives is a husband and wife team exploring the Mediterranean (Diet) Lifestyle, Greek foods, Greek Culture, History and all things Greece.

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