Rakı (Turkish rakı IPA [rak?]) is an anise-flavored apéritif that is highly popular in Turkey and is often associated with the country. It is produced by twice distilling either only suma or suma that has been mixed with ethyl alcohol in traditional copper alembics of 5000 lt volume or less with aniseed.[1] It is similar to several kinds of alcoholic beverages available in the Mediterranean and parts of the Balkans, including pastis, sambuca, ouzo, tsikoudia, tsipouro, and mastika. The general consesus is that all these liqueurs are proceeders of arak, a similar arabic liqueur, but it remains a theory. [2] Continue reading Rakı