“My sales have dropped by 90 percent,” said Nurettin, the owner of a store filled with wine, beer, raki and whisky.
The servants removed the coffee cups, the raki and the open, half-emptied boxes of cigars.
These consisted of two little public-houses, one famous for its wine, the other for its raki.
The servants were clearing away the coffee and the raki, and bearing off the open and half-emptied cigar-boxes.
raki is a colourless spirit, extracted from the skins of grapes after the wine-making.
I found few Albanians indeed had very delicate consciences when raki was in question.
The sole effect of the raki was to make him exceedingly devotional.
They then diluted the mass of fruit with raki, or peach brandy, and struggled home or to sleep as best they could.
raki and mastic, the favourite beverages of this part of Europe, are drinkable: that is all that can be said for them.
Perhaps many are, but not town Turks, who consume quantities of raki, the strongest fire-water man ever invented.