"...and the devil drinks raki" Turkey Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Tijavi

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  Never again!
by Tijavi

Thirsty travellers seeking for that perfect Turkish 'spirit' should find them in raki - an indigenous booze made of aniseed-flavored grape brandy that comes in many brands and readily available from local liquor shops.

But don't let raki's seductive "aniseed-flavored-grape-brandy" description fool you. It's a sinister drink with a powerful punch that easily knocks down unsuspecting victims - like me.

I learned this the hard way in Safranbolu, where a group of students invited me to their flat and offered me a shot of pure, undiluted raki. You feel a burning sensation on your throat as the crystal clear liquid gushes through it. Once it reaches your tummy - it ignites and fuels a heightened level of delirious drunkenness akin to taking 12 shots of tequila in a single gulp.

That was my first - and yes, probably the last - shot of raki I would ever have in my entire life.

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2007
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