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Raki (alcoholic beverage)

Raki is the name given to several kinds of alcoholic beverages [1].

Raki is an Arabic anise-flavored liqueur. It is also a hard liquor as strong as vodka but made from fruit that is popular throughout the Balkans, which may not be anise-flavored.

Several names referring (sometimes mistakenly) to these drinks include: ouzo, tsikoudia, tsipouro, the Cretan Spirit, "good water", Sljivovica.

In Turkey raki is generally drunk mixed with an equal part of water. When the water is added the mixture turns a whitish colour, which is where the drink gets its alternative name Lion's Milk from.

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