Raki is Orginally Made in Anatolia
The similarity between the word Razaki and the word rakı in terms of pronunciation and the definition of raki as a Turkish drink reveals the possibility that the word raki comes from this grape type. On the other hand, there are those who think that it may have come from the word “Iraki” meaning “came from Iraq”, which was produced by the Turkmen in Iraq and spread to neighboring countries. The data to support this claim is that the drink that is still produced from raisins in Kirkuk region and flavored with anise is called “Arak”. The drink that Turkish tribes in Central Asia made by distilling red and which they call “Arika” today is the most similar to raki. The word “arak”, which means “sweated” in Arabic, is also of great importance. According to some researchers, arak means sweat drop, distillation means distillation, and raki comes from arak.
It has not been precisely documented where raki is produced by whom for the first time. However, it is accepted by almost all countries of the world that raki was first produced in Ottoman lands. It is stated in almost all encyclopedias that raki is a Turkish drink. In time, Turkish raki reached its present-day characteristics with the taste of people living in the Ottoman lands and its production was monopolized. The present features of Turkish raki can be found in neither the Greek raki Ouzo nor the Eastern drink Arak, and the existence of a raki-like drink was detected in the Eastern Roman Empire in the 5th century. It was learned by the Turks in the 11th century and was brought to Anatolia and Rumelia mostly by people of Bektashi origin. It was not banned during the Ottoman period.
Raki was a drink enjoyed by the non-Muslim community in the 19th century and was drunk in taverns and taverns run by the non-Muslim nation, although it was forbidden for Muslims to own businesses. In the history behind Ouzo bottles, there are records that they were found and drunk in Istanbul in the 19th century. Likewise, it is sold as Turkish Raki (Turkish Rakı) all over the world today. Today, Turkey is the first in the production of raki. It is exported to dozens of countries, especially Germany, America and China. The fact that Rakı has been in Turkish lands for such a long time has naturally enabled raki to become a culture.