A dried grape wine from Cyprus was first known to be described in 800 BC by the Greek poet Hesiod and was known as the Cypriot Manna. Previously it was called "Mana" the Greek word for "Mother". The reason for this is very interesting. The wine was matured in giant earthenware jars. When the time came to pour it out, a certain amount was left in the bottom. When the new wine was added, the old wine helped it to mature. So the old became the mother of the new. It is very likely that the Commandaria you can buy today is the original Cypriot wine enjoyed by the Greek poet Homer and drunk by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The grapes are spread out to dry in the sun, then pressed. The juice is collected and fermented in old, very large wooden barrels.
SAMPLE MODERN USES OF COMMANDARIA
Ø HAVANA COOLER Cocktail By Tony Abou-Ganim (US Top Mixologist)
Ø Signature Commandaria Cocktail By Avra Estiatorio Restaurant
Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Allow fruit to soak in the mixture between 3 and 8 hours Serve in an ice-filled glass.