Cocktail Ingredient Glossary » Arak

A potent liquor that hails from the Middle East. Arak is a clear, colorless liquor flavoured with anise, and is similar to Ouzo, which can often be substituted in the place of Arak. It is nicknamed "the milk of lions", and is popular in Arab countries.

Arak is not to be confused with the similarly named liquor, arrack.

Arak is commonly mixed with water, which causes emulsification of the anise oils, turning the solution a milky white color. It is also sometimes mixed or chased with juices. Ice can also be added to arak, however, it should be added after any mixer, because adding ice directly will cause fat to solidify out of the arak and leave a film on the surface of the drink, and the glass.

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