Arak Touma Recipes

Arak Touma

Unleash Your Wild Side with Arak Touma

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"Arak" comes from the Arabic word meaning "sweat" and is known as the "milk of the lions" throughout the Middle East.

Try Arak Madu, otherwise known as "the poor man's margarita"

Shake or stir these ingredients and serve in a cocktail glass:
1 2/3 ounce Arak
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce honey
1/3 ounce water

Arak Attack

1 1/3 ounces Arak
1/3 ounce grenadine
orange juice
Pour the Arak and grenadine over ice. Top with orange juice and enjoy!

Arak Caipirinha:
Bali meets Brazil in a cocktail

1 1/2 ounces Arak
1 lime sliced into 8 wedges
2 tsp of granulated sugar
ice cubes
Muddle the sugar into the lime wedges in a glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add Arak and stir.
This is the perfect poolside drink!

Arak Buck

1 1/2 ounces Arak
1/3 ounce Cointreau
4 ounces ginger ale
juice of 1/4 lemon
Shake or stir Arak, Cointreau and lemon juice. Add ginger ale and ice.

Arak and Coke:
Back to the basics

1 1/3 ounces Arak
your favorite cola
Pour Arak over ice, add cola.
Add a little posh with a slice of lemon or lime. 

What is Arak?

Colorless, anise-flavored (black licorice) alcoholic Aperitif, traditionally imbibed in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey and Iran. Commonly used in social settings and usually accompanied by mezze (small appetizers that offset the alcohol's potency).

Arak is typically made from grapes grown in Mediterranean climates. After Arak grapevines mature to a golden color (late September-October), they are harvested and stored in barrels for 3 weeks to ferment. Distillation follows and varying amounts of aniseed is added to give the spirit its unique flavor. Different types of stills - stainless steel, copper, pot stills and column stills - also help create the final taste of Arak, though an authentic copper still with a Moorish shape is believed to be the best. High-quality brands of Arak may also age the finished spirit in clay amphoras to allow for evaporation of water, thus yielding the purest form of the Aperitif for consumption. Typical Arak usually ranges 30%-60% alcohol by volume.

Why "the milk of the lions"?

Emulsification of the anise oils turns the clear spirit into a milky-white color when mixed with water. We suggest a ratio of 1/3 Arak to 2/3 water.