Raki in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Raki is an anise flavoured alcohol from Turkey, where it is considered the country’s unofficial national drink. It is very similar to ouzo, sambuca and pastis in that it turns milky when diluted with water. In Turkey it is known as aslant sutu, which literally translates as lion’s milk.
Raki generally is about 45% ABV and is usually best drunk diluted with water or over a small amount of ice.
In the Balkans raki is a different drink altogether, made from distilled pomace, which is the pressing left over after crushing grapes for their juice. The drink is much closer to grappa and is generally pretty rough; you are unlikely to find it exported.