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This Greek Welcome Really Packs a Punch

04/28/2015 06:38 pm ET | Updated Jun 28, 2015

When in Greece, hospitality comes with ouzo. And when in remote corners and hardscrabble villages (like here on the Mani Peninsula), where historically hospitality is a matter of life and death, the welcome drink is tsipouro -- a brandy-like firewater that's about 40 percent alcohol and makes ouzo seem like kid stuff. In this clip, I have a hard time holding the camera steady as I take "going local" with my guides to a very tasty extreme. Gia mas!