This is Arak.
Arak is an anise liquor that is very popular in the Middle East. It’s also the only liquor my Israeli father will drink (even though he loves to confuse waitstaff by asking for a shot of whiskey when we go out for breakfast). Just like Pernod, it changes from clear to milky white when served with a splash of water. Although I find it difficult to drink too much in one sitting, it’s common for friends to share an entire bottle over a gesture-filled conversation or, in the following case, while creating music.
Here’s a groovy Middle Eastern song by a popular Middle Eastern group, Balkan Beat Box, probably created while enjoying the Middle East’s most popular drink.
My buddy, Dave, is working at a really cool, local-centric (hyper-local?) design company in Buffalo, NY. They’re making their way through all the major social media outlets and have recently forayed into tumblr. He’s lucky I’m reblogging him and not unleashing the fury of Turkish Raki all over this poser Arak nonsesnse.
In reality it’s all the same stuff. I’d argue that most of the wars fought in the Middle East over the past millennia or so were fought over food. Not who has it or who doesn’t have it, but who invented each dish, drink, or dessert first.
Listen to the song. And follow him/them here!