An Exciting Addition To The White Spirits Category
If you would like to try something new and different this year, look no further than Axia Spirit, an exciting addition to the white spirits category that will make sure to twist up your go to drink. Axia Spirit is currently on the new seasonal menu at TT Liquor, ’50 Years of Hip Hop’. Each cocktail is paired with a track spanning a range of periods, styles and sub-genres from the history of Hip Hop.
1) What is Axia Spirit?
A first of its kind, Axia is an extra-dry and unsweetened Mastiha. Pronounced “Mas – teek – ah”, it is a spirit distilled from the resin of the mastiha tree, found on the Greek island of Chios.
2) What does Axia taste like?
Axia is a mastiha spirit with notes of rose, cypress, citrus, and bergamot. Since the spirit is unsweetened, its versatility allows for it to be a base in popular cocktails such as a Margarita, Negroni or Paloma.
3) What does the name ‘Axia’ mean?
Both Axia’s name and bottle pay homage to the spirit’s past and traditions. Axia in Greek means ‘value’ or ‘worth’ and the coiled snake around the striking bottle recognises the island of Chios, also known as “Snake Island”, where the Mastiha crystals are harvested. In Chios, Mastiha crystals were rumoured to be used as an antidote to snake bites and in Ancient Greece they were so precious they were used as currency.
4) What is the story behind the design of the bottle?
The bottle was designed by American artist, Zoe Keller. Each element on the label reflects Axia’s heritage and ingredients, namely the branches of the mastic tree, mastic tree seeds and the snakes that inhabited Chios Island in Greece.
5) How to drink Axia?
Axia is a versatile spirit that is delicious served neat, on the rocks or in popular cocktails with a white spirit base such as:
a) Axia & Tonic
50ml Axia Spirit | 150ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic
Pour Axia into a chilled tall glass, add ice cubes, and top with tonic. Stir and garnish with a rosemary leaf and a slice of orange.
b) Axia Mastiha Margarita
45ml Axia Spirit | 25ml Triple Sec | 7.5ml Agave | 22.5ml Fresh Lime Juice
Line the tumbler rim with salt. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker, give it a shake, and pour over ice.
c) Axia Greek Paloma
50ml Axia Spirit | 150ml Pink Grapefruit Soda | Lime
Pour Axia into a chilled tall glass, add ice cubes, and top with pink grapefruit soda and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with a slice of lime.
6) Where is Axia made?
Axia is distilled at Plomari in Lesvos, Greece by Master Distiller, Maroussa Tsachaki.
7) Where can I try Axia?
The Blind Pig, Soho
Donovan Bar, Mayfair
Gong Bar, Shangri-La The Shard
TT Liquor, Shoreditch
Zephyr, Notting Hill
The Life Goddess, Soho
Silverleaf, Liverpool Street
Sessions Art Club, Clerkenwell
The Real Greek
8) Where can I buy Axia?