Rakomelo, as its name reveals, is a combination of raki, of tsikoudia with honey (meli) and it is always served hot.
Rakomelo is an alcoholic drink and instead of raki (tsikoudia – product of single distillation) tsipouro (double-distilled product) can be also used, with honey and spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom or other local herbs. It is prepared everywhere in Crete and consumed during the winter months as a hot beverage.
One can buy rakomelo bottled, and only has to warm it before serving. A simple recipe for rakomelo is 1-2 teaspoons honey for four scoops of raki, a stick and one teaspoon of cinnamon. The materials are mixed and heated in a pot for coffee.
Rakomelo, apart from being a drink that brings cheerfulness, is also considered an ideal remedy for sore throats and colds.