26.06.2012 06.Tammus. 5772
Indigenous to Israel and the region, the ethnic anise-flavored drink is regaining its popularity.
The largest-selling spirit in Israel may be vodka, but the indigenous spirit is arak. This is an anise-flavored drink that goes milky white when mixed with water. It is the ethnic drink of the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish raki, Greek and Cypriot ouzo are variations on a theme with Lebanese and Israeli arak. It is also not dissimilar to French Pastis and Pernod, and the Italian liqueur Sambucca. The word arak means “sweat.” The drops of condensed alcohol are said represent perspiration! The world’s finest arak comes from Lebanon. There, they treat their finest araks with total reverence. Arak is known there as “lion’s milk”….