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Sâki Rakı (Ouzo, ούζο, Araq)

Rakı is an alcoholic drink made of distilled grapes and anise. It is the national drink of Turkey as well as many regions of Greece, especially Crete. It is also popular in other Balkan countries as an apéritif as well as in Kazakhstan. It is often served with seafood or meze. It is comparable to several other alcoholic beverages available around the Mediterranean and the Middle East, e.g. pastis, ouzo, sambuca, arak and aguardiente.

In Crete, tsikoudia is a pomace brandy that is sometimes called rakı. It is used to make rakomelo, which is flavoured with honey and cinnamon. Rakomelo is served warm during winter months. Cretan Raki does not contain anise, so it is not to be confused with the Turkish version.

The term raki entered English from Turkish rakı. The Arabic word arak (عرق , ʕaraq), means "distilled", other variants being araka, araki, ariki. The Teleuts, who are a Turkic ethnic group living in Siberia, use the term arakı for wine and other alcoholic drinks.

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