Turkish national drink
Raki also called "lion's milk" is a distilled alcoholic beverage, clear in colour and strongly aromatized with anise which gives it a
sweet liquorice-like flavour.
Raki can be drunk straight or mixed with cold water, which turns it grayish white and cloudy like ouzo or pastis.
4 cl raki (eg "Yeni Rakı")
8 - 12 cl cold water
If drunk straight, you may chill raki in refrigerator to about 8 - 10 °C. Chill the water to about 4 °C by mixing in ice cubes. Pour raki in a thin, cylindrical glass. Add chilled, strained water to taste.
Raki is usually enjoyed with meze Turkish appetizers but also with other cold dishes, vegetables, fish and snacks. For example, try serving raki accompanied by fresh, sweet melon and feta cheese. Şerefe!
Recipe source: traditional Turkish recipe.