Massaya Arak is an exceptional Lebanese spirit, produced with the
finest ingredients using traditional, labor-intensive methods.
Indigenous Obeidi grapes are fermented for about two weeks, then double
distilled in traditional Moorish lid copper stills over vinewood embers.
On the third distillation, the spirit is macerated with organic green
aniseed from the Syrian slopes of Mount Hermon, which imparts a
distinctive aroma and flavor. Finally, the spirit is aged in traditional
clay amphorae for two years, lending a subtle color and a notable
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.
La Muse Verte Le Pastis d'Autrefois--"the pastis of an earlier time"--is an artisinal product made with over ten botanicals that has found a place in many of France's finest restaurants. Made with only natural ingredients, this delicate spirit is best enjoyed with chilled spring water. As it is well-crafted and complex, consider the sugar cube optional.