Milk of Lions: Arak

Milk of Lions: Arak

Arak is a traditional Middle Eastern liqueur originally distilled from fermented date palm sap. Now a days, it is most often distilled from grapes, and sometimes plums or figs, and water. At first taste, it is reminiscent of a French pastis or sambuca due to the presence of aniseed; however, pastis (and sambuca) is made using grain-based alcohol and sugar.…

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Raising Spirts: The Water of Life

Raising Spirts: The Water of Life

Legend has it that a Spanish alchemist believed he’d created a healing liquid – in the 14th Century, it was easy to believe such things. Folks believed this potion helped stave off age and disease, in other words, it gave spirit to people. This rugged and unrefined distillate has since been manipulated by people for the last roughly seven hundred…

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