metaxa

Pronunciation: [muh-TAHK-suh]

An amber-colored, sweetened Greek brandy based on red grapes and flavored with herbs and spices. Metaxas have a winelike flavor reminiscent of muscat grapes. The Seven-Star Amphora Metaxa has a caramelized, nutty flavor, and the finest rendition—Metaxa Grande Fine—is full and rich and resembles sherry.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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