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Everyone loves it in Turkey. It can be said, it's the national drink. The taste...
The fun you have while you drink it with friends. In a restaurant, eating kebab and drinking raki.
You put some raki in the glass, pour some water on it and couple of ice cubes... See the dancing in it. See how it combines. And you drink it for the first time. It's quite strong, but don't worry, you'll get used to it. The bitter taste turns into the best thing you've ever drunk in your life in minutes!
Raki tastes a lot like Sambuca which i like only it has a harder less pleasant edge. I first had it in a place you should never drink in, on a boat in the sun on my way to a deserted island for a barbque... This big fat greasy Greek man comes up to me with a glass saying 'drink... drink...' like im gonna just drink whatever a guy gives to me!!! What does he think i am? an English bird!!!! Obviously he's seen my passport so i have to DRINK! Mrs Doyle style!!! The smell is the first thing that'll hit you, aniseed not very nice in the baking sun. The the aftertaste is not dissimilar to acid. This is A MANS DRINK. Men, in partcular Greek men drink it to feel like realmen, hard men. Word of warning, they don'tadvertise this but the reason that this is A MANS DRINK is beacuse, you spend all night drinking it, you nearly die but you last out your friends and find a rock to crawl under... Then you awake with the baking sun beating down on you. You've got carpet tongue... you search out the nearest glass of water to quench your thirst, gulp it down and ....... Your drunk again, yes Raki and water mix together nicely the morning after to intoxicate you again!!!! ALL MANKIND... BEWARE
The national drink of turkey, now i've been to Turkey twice and i've yet to see anyone turkish drinking this. Many a time this disgusting has been offered to me but as they say once bitten twice shy. I'm not a fan of pernod but I can drink and I was was told it was just like pernod, no its not its ten times more aniseedy than pernod. This is a drink that the Turkish people give to tourists for a laugh as I have yet to see anyone actually enjoy it. Another strange thing about it is that when you mix it with water the two clear liquids combine and go cloudy and thats enough to churn my stomach. This drink has a very aquired taste, it also has one very good use, that is as a present to the people at home that you don't really want to get anything for but you have to.
Although Raki(the Turkish national drink, also known as Lion's Milk), which is a distilled alcoholic beverage strongly aromatized with anise-seed, can be consumed as a cocktail, more commonly it is preferred with meze (Turkish hors d'oeuvres and appetizers) such as Russian salad, garlic sauce, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, cold-cuts, fried vegetables and pastries, cold yogurt soup, brains, shrimp, mussels vinaigrette.