Turkish Raki

Anise flavored alcoholic beverage from Turkey similar to the Greek Ouzo, and Arabic Arak, but is less sweet and therefore tastes better. In Turkey it is common to call Raki as Lion’s milk. (Aslan Sütü)

It is almost 60 million liters of rakı being drunk in Turkey each year, mostly with meals. (Where a European or North American will sip wine with a meal, most Turks will sip rakı.)

The major rakı-producing companies now include Burgaz, Tarış and Mey as well as Elda. The former Tekel brands of Yeni Rakı, Kulüp Rakı, Tekirdağ and Altınbaş are now produced by Mey.

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