The second traditional Rhodian liqueur is Koriandolino. Its characteristic feature is the sugar-coated coriander branch that is inside the bottle and looks like a small tree. Its production is limited because the bottling has to be made by hand and it is available in various flavors. It has always been the classic gift everyone visiting Rhodes brought back to friends and relatives.
The wines of Rhodes and the local varieties of vine are labelled as POP and PGI (products and Geographical Indication of Origin of Superior Quality wines). Except for two large companies (Cair-Emery) there are also in Attaviros and prophet Ilias, small wineries that produce local wine.
Souma is the Rhodian tsipouro and it is produced by distilling grape pomace. It is a strong alcoholic drink and it is available in two types: single and double distilled (the strongest). Siana is regarded as the top village of souma production and every year in August the Honey and Souma Festival is held there, where you can taste this traditional drink as well as buy some from the distilleries that are located in the village.
Rhodes produces the Sette herbe (seven herbs),a liqueur that you will not find anywhere else. Its a drink made by the Franciscan friars that lived in the monastery of Kira tou Filerimou (Our Lady of Filerimos). It was renowned for its digestive properties and in order to produce it the friars used seven herbs: sage, oregano, thyme, wormwood and three more which are kept secret. Today it is produced by a Rhodian distillery and you can find it at the stall in front of the entrance of the…