Similar to ouzo and pastis, arak is an anis-flavored, traditional libation in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern counties. Great as an aperitif or accompaniment to regional cuisine, this refreshingly unsweetened spirit is a particular treat in warm weather. Gantous & Abou Raad Arak is made with just three ingredients: grape spirit, aniseeds, and water. Therefore, the flavor and aroma is distinctively clean and bright.
Hailing from Lebanon, Razzouk Arak is created with special varieties of sweet mountain grapes which are crushed and fermented, then distilled over a low fire. Natural aniseed is then added and the mixture is distilled once more to impart the bold, herbal profile which makes Arak so distinctive. The spirit is then poured into earthenware jars to age and mellow for at least six months. Thanks to the natural oils from the anise, a traditional serve of one part arak to two parts water will yield a lovely clouding effect.