A low calorie spirit that doesn’t give you hangovers and tastes good? Meet Axia…
Emma Chadwick | 31st October 2022
Axia is the new Greek spirit that looks set to take the UK by storm as the perfect drink for those looking for a low sugar, low-calorie natural drink that tastes good, neat and is the perfect shot for all your favourite cocktails.
VIVA was introduced to this gift from the gods and we can’t wait to spread the word, as not only can you use it like vodka or gin, but it also has mythical (anecdotal) properties in helping to avoid hangovers because it’s low in sugars therefore low in calories. VIVA agrees after a very boozy night and a surprisingly sprightly morning after!
It’s launched now in the UK and it’s one you should definitely try as party season starts in earnest and it’s a bargain at just over £30 for a litre.
What is Axia?
A sugar free white spirit that doesn’t give you hangovers and tastes good? Meet Axia
A first of its kind, Axia is an extra-dry and refreshing mastiha. Pronounced Mas – teek – ah, it is a spirit distilled from the resin of the Mastiha tree, found on the Greek island of Chios.
With 30% less calories per serve than Vodka, Axia is a new and exciting addition to the white spirits category.
It is a versatile spirit with an authentic flavour profile with vibrant citrus and vegetal notes and is delicious served neat, on the rocks or in popular cocktails.
It means value
Axia's Master Mixologist Mike
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 “Snake Island”, Chios, where the mastic crystals are harvested.
How it’s made
Axia is a premium spirit, expertly crafted and distilled from the aromatic resin of the mastic tree. For generations, the resin from the mastic tree has been harvested just once a year. One mastic tree produces resin for over 70 years.
The sap is milked and left to dry in the wind, forming crystals which are then blended with alcohol and twice distilled in a process that fuses traditional distillation in hand-crafted copper stills with Master Distiller Maroussa Tschaki’s cutting-edge science.
The result is a premium, extra dry and unsweetened white spirit with only 0.5% sugar and a considerably lower calorie count than other white spirits.
How to drink it
You can also make everything from espresso martinis to bloody Mary’s (they call these Bloody Medusa’s).
VIVA tried them out and we loved the simple Paloma but to be fair we loved them all! Here’s how to do it at home.
Axia Greek Paloma
150ml Pink Grapefruit Soda
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.
Axia Mastiha Margarita
25ml Dry Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
5ml Fresh Lime Juice
Line the tumbler rim with salt. Mix all ingredients in a shaker, give it a shake, and pour over rocks.
Nose: An immediate pure and distinctive mastiha aroma along with the sweet and floral notes of pink rose.
Taste: The crisp, resinous flavour of Mediterranean cypress with notes of rose, citrus, and bergamot.
Mouthfeel: A soothing roundness of bergamot delivering a soft and velvety mouthfeel.
Available to purchase from: Amazon, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange with an RRP of £31.95 and ABV of 40%. To find out more, visit axiaspirit.com