Arak Razzouk is an anise-based spirit from Lebanon distilled from grape juice with fresh aniseeds. Arak Razzouk is made with special varieties of sweet mountain grapes wher the grapes are crushed and fermented, and then distilled over a low fire. Natural aniseed is then added and the mixture is distilled. The distilled product is poured into earthenware jars to age and mellow for at least six months. With its high alcohol content, Arak Razzouk 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.