Rakı

Ouzo: The uplifting Greek Drink!

Ouzo drink with its strong anise flavour and with a little hint of Greece is a clear drink which gets milky-like when water is poured into it and aromas emerge and demonstrate its other qualities. Ouzo is so much more than just a drink. It is a way of life in Greece as it makes people loosen-up, brings them together especially when it is served with mouthwatering mezedakia (tidbits).

Police raid Istanbul wedding hall over bootleg alcohol, detain five suspects

Gendarmerie forces on April 10 raided a wedding hall that included an underground bootleg alcohol plant in Istanbul's Başakşehir district, detaining five suspects, Doğan News Agency has reported.  
 
Thousands of liters of bootleg alcohol stored in industrial bottles and ready for delivery across Turkey was seized during the raid. 

Banging the drum for ouzo

Literature scholars believe the name ouzo to come from the ancient Greek verb "to smell," or "ozo." Romantics prefer to think it comes from the phrase "Ou zo," or "Without this I can't live." Others see its roots in the Turkish word for grape, "uzum," and others say it can be traced back to a story about a Turkish consulate doctor in Thessaly in the 18th century who tasted the local raki and cr

Tipsy in Thrace

There was once a myth that every devoted drinker had deep faith in: The rumor was the best rakı, the national distilled anise spirit, had to be from one particular distillery in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ.

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