Arak is known to have existed since the beginning of distillation itself, and is still widely consumed in in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey and Iran. Palate-cleansing, cool, refreshing and smooth; tasting of licorice with a hint of peppermint. Arak can either be served as an aperitif. before food, or with Meze. The meze however simple, usually contains salty and fatty foods. It’s generally not served with a meal, unless the meal is indeed meze.