•The word arak comes from Arabic 'araq ???, meaning “to perspire.”
•Arak is nicknamed “the milk of lions,” and is popular throughout the Mediterranean.
•Arak is best served ice cold with a 1/3 to 2/3 Arak/water mix and prepared by pouring first the Arak, then the water, followed by the ice and always in a fresh glass.
•Arak is typically made from grapes, though dates, sugar, plums, figs, and molasses can be used depending on the region where it is made.
•Distillers widely promote the holistic properties of Arak, claiming the aniseed aids in digestion and relaxation.