to rakı or not to rakı

Recently i’ve been thinking about writing on the subject Raki, though its history is easy to find for the curious mind. So i’ve decided to focus on how to drink it, as every liquor has its own ritual. But then again, there are many ways of consuming Raki as many as the people who consume it. (For instance, during my first experiences drinking the brew, due to the heavy smell of anise, i had preferred drinking it without water. As i got used to, i started to pour water and then add my ice cubes.) I am not an expert on the matter so I am going to paraphrase an expert.

First of all, the goblet is important. The long and thin-cut glass is the best choice. The other thing is both the Raki and the water will be added to, should be cold. If they are too warm or room temperature, it will be impossible to drink unless you are an alcholic. The gist is to pour Raki into the glass before the water and then to add in the ice cubes. If you put the ice cubes before pouring water, Raki will crystalize which will ruin its unique taste. As you pour the water, the transparent colour will change into a cloudy white. Another thing is to drink raki in a slow manner. Raki wants your time, not your money. There are a lot of mezes (appetizers) served with it (which should be a whole new entry, being the gourmet blogger that i am, i will get to it soon; i generally prefer melon and Turkish white cheese, something similar but – i am sorry- better than feta.) And then of course the beautiful Turkish Art Music is a nice companion.

There are many brands of Raki but in my opinion, the best choice is Tekirdag Rakisi or Efe Raki with its Fresh Grape selection.

i would like to thank all Raki lovers of the world and my blog buddy idil jans for their co-operation.
Mission accomplished.

5 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    To raki, of course. I like the 2 glass method- one with raki and water (no ice), and another with water to rinse it down. Most of my raki excursions involve fish and salad, but on rare occasion beer is involved somewhere (much to the dismay of my bacanak).

  2. dk (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Yes Dave, raki-balik is one of the best known rituals but someday you should try Galata meyhanesi in Taksim – Asmalimescit, there is live fasil and incredibly delicious mezes and and and and, i am out of words. i want to raki.

  3. Sven Holmström (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    Let’s just say I’m not sure of I will drink vodka ever again. Raki is fantastic. Always with white cheese and with melon if possible. But the cheese is mandatory.

  4. akenethon (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 6:35 am

    You forgot the rule of four M’s! in order to enjoy raki best, you should have “mey”(drink), “meze”, “musiki”(music), and most importantly; “muhabbet”(chat). Raki does not taste half as good if you do not have a dear friend with to share your thoughts and feelings while you enjoy your drinks. peace…

  5. torkunc (unregistered) on March 15th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    In Turkish there is saying “çilingir sofrası” which I can translate it as “locksmith table”. And laying this table is very easy. Just you need that “4M”. When the three of this four elements come together and if you are well-mannered guy, the forth one – “muhabbet” – comes out stealthily. And you will chat for hours without realising how fast time goes by.

    To name a table as a “çilingir sofrası” raki should be the sultan of it. And if everything is all right the conversation gets longer and longer as if something has unlocked your “sharing zeal”. Thats why we call that table “locksmith table”.

    Pls do not forget that drinking raki is something related being polite to yourself and to everybody. Otherwise that table would be a “boozer” one.

    I hope your table will be full of your dear friends forever…

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