Mastika (Greek: μαστίχα, mastícha; is a liquor seasoned with mastic, a resin gathered from the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region. The name of the resin, whence the name of the drink, is derived from the Greek "to chew, to gnash the teeth".In Greece two such drinks are known under the umbrella term masticha: one, Mastichato Chiou (or Chios Mastiha), is a brandy-based liqueur native to the island of Chios, and mastic resin has traditionally been cultivated on the island of Chios. It often accompanies desserts made with almonds and is served at wedding feasts as a digestif. It has a sweet smell and flavor similar to liquorice. The other is a strong spirit similar to ouzo or tsikoudia. It is served cold or at room temperature but usually with ice. Both turn white when poured over ice or mixed with water (the louche), and form small crystals when frozen. They are served with various mezedes—appetizers such as octopus, salad, sardines, calamari, fried zucchini, and clams, among others.