Hailing from the Middle East, Arak is a clear, colorless, potent liquor flavored with anise. Similar to ouzo, pastis, or Raki, it is nicknamed “the milk of lions,” and is popular in the Mediterranean. Commonly consumed in social settings, the drink is famous for its potency, and the milky-white color it turns when water is added.
Distillation begins with mature high-quality grapes, with low irrigation to enhance the concentration of flavors. Harvest takes place in September and October. Grapes are crushed, the juice is placed in barrels together with anise and fermented for several weeks.