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Raki

Grape brandy comes from Turkey and Albania. It is made from fermented, dried grapes or sultanas and is distilled twice. The second time, aniseed is sometimes added for flavouring, but this is not obligatory. In Turkey, it is the most consumed alcoholic drink and is considered the national drink. Raki is traditionally diluted with water and, like Greek ouzo, the aniseed gives it a white, milky colour (louche effect). It is enjoyed as an aperitif with starters (mezeler). The wine and spirits multinational Mey Içki Sanayi with its brand "Yeni Raki" (see under Tekel) has by far the largest share of production. Similar products (also from other fruits) from other countries are often called arrack or Rakia. See also under Spirits.

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