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a raki toast

A clear grape-based aniseed-flavoured spirit, similar to ouzo but often stronger, drunk across the former Ottoman empire (after all, the rationing was, the Prophet had banned wine, but he never mentioned distilled spirits...). It's still the national drink of Turkey. Atäturk was a big fan.

Cretan tsikoudia is often called raki.

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Hedda Gabler, Creative Commons License