Arak a Lebanese Wine Tradition
Arak or Araq (Arabic: عرق pronounced [araq],is a highly alcoholic spirit (50%-63% Alc. Vol.). It is a clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavoured distilled alcoholic drink (also labeled as an Apéritif). It is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, and is also produced and consumed in many Eastern Mediterranean and North African countries.
Mezza Lebanese Kitchen exclusively has Arak Fakra Al Chalal a Special distillate of ARAK FAKRA bottled at 60º GL after having been aged until maturity.
Arak is the national Lebanese beverage. “ARAK FAKRA” is Arak par excellence.
People who have had access to the Roman archives had the chance to discover these rare armorial bearings of a noble traditional Lebanese family of the Mount Lebanon.
Today, over 100 years later, this family’s descendants perpetuate the traditions of the Lebanese mountain by producing with the same method and according to the same formula that rare arak bearing the name of ” ARAK FAKRA “, a name inspired by a prestigious site of that mountain situated at an altitude of more than 1500 meters.
Already long before our era, the Romans had chosen this area to raise temples devoted to their divinities among which that of Venus and monuments honoring emperor Claudius (10AC – 54 AD) whose name was associated to the great autochthonous god Baalgalassos. The shadow of these temples’ ruins still hangs today over the cellars where “ARAK FAKRA” comes to maturity.