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Raki is a strong spirit distilled from a fermented grain mash or from grape or plum juice and flavoured with aniseed. It is drunk in Turkey and the Balkans, and is not dissimilar to Greek ouzo. The word raki is an anglicization (first recorded in 1675 in Henry Teonge's diaries: ‘[We] drink to our friends in England in racckee at night’) of Turkish rāqī, which may come ultimately from the same source as produced English arrack, the name of a strong Asian spirit.

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