Drink Like a Turk

By , October 20, 2010 8:00 am

In Turkey your beer options are pretty limited.  The most common and most popular beer is Efes.  It comes in the light and dark varieties, but I prefer the light.  In most areas you’ll pay about $3 for a half liter, but it’s quite a bit cheaper in the store.  The other beer is Marmara, which I think is a little better in terms of flavor, and costs about the same.  There is also a Tuborg brewery in Turkey, but why not drink a Turkish beer?

                         IMG_1363                            Turkish Tubord

For spirits Turkey really only has one semi-unique choice: Raki.  Raki is an anise-flavored spirit made from distilled grapes.  Usually it’s served in a collins glass, chilled, and mixed 50/50 with water.  Even though both the raki and water are clear, the drink turns a milky color when mixed.  Yeni Raki seems to be the biggest brand, and a half-liter bottle costs about $14 in the store, or it’s about $3 a drink in most bars.  Definitely a tasty after dinner drink, but not my first choice for a pick-one-drink-and-drink-a-bunch-of-them kind of night.  It’s 90 proof, so I forgot to take any pictures but here are a couple I lifted from the Yeni site: 

                                 yeni raki                             yeni raki glass


7 Responses to “Drink Like a Turk”

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  2. Suchmaschine says:

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  3. Travel Drunk says:

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  4. Murat says:

    Dude, the picture of the -Rakı Bag- is just a photo manipulation. There is nothnig like this :)
    It’s published in here :


  5. Travel Drunk says:

    That’s weird about the photo, but I promise that Raki turns that color when you add water, but don’t take my word for it, go out and drink some.

  6. wow just worm and drunk 😀

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