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Raki is a anise flavored hard alcoholic drink, considered by many Turks a national drink.

Raki is also known as Lion Milk by raki drinking Turks which they will tell you that it turns a Man into a Lion like strong Man. When anise flavored Raki mixed with water its collour turns in to milk white colour.

Usually Raki is consumed with Fish dish accompanied by plates of meze. Proper Raki drinkers will start to drink raki with the meal and finish it when meal is finished.

The drink Raki is actually not a Turkish Drink or not been invented by the Turks. I know many Turks will be not happy with my wording regarding this topic but nevertheless the truth has to be revealed here.

The are no written historcal facts about where abouts of this drink. Some says it has been invented in Irak, some says it has been invented by the ancient greeks. We can be sure of one thing which is no one knows.

Raki is introduced by the minority Rum Orthodox community of Istanbul during the Ottoman times. As we all know that at the time of the Ottoman empire alcohol consumtion was not allowed, this is due to islamic law which has changed when republic of Turkey was founded by the Kemal Ataturk which whom was a heaavy raki Drinker him self.

Reason being why raki was and still called Lion Milk is not because jut for its collour changing but actually because of the Lion Head carving on the woodden barrells which at the time Rum Orthodox community was producing Raki in those barrells.

Having a Lion Head carved on those barrells and when mixed with water changes into Milk colour, when this two combined one can understand why Raki is called Lion Milk.

If you want to search for National Alcoholic drink of Turks then I suggest you search for the drink called Kimiz. Made from Horse Milk. Which nowadays it is difficult to come a cross to such drink, however in most other turkik countries such as Turkmenistan, Kazakistan and so on Kimiz can be found widely.

I would like to say if a National Drink of Turks needs to be listed then non-alcoholic drink Ayran, made from yogurt and water, deserves to be on the top of this list.


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