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Sipping Raki in Istanbul

I’m not drinking milk with my mezzes* (appetizers). That’s raki! In Istanbul for a client, I’m exhausted and tired of eating at the hotel. By pure luck (and with a little help from my maps app), I discover Meze by Lemon Tree. It’s a tiny, charming restaurant right around the corner from the hotel. Come to find out, it’s quite historic. Anyway the miracle of the mezzes they serve turns it into our go-to restaurant after a hard day of work. And it is where I discover that there are, indeed, differences in anise-flavored liquors. With my first meal I try the least expensive raki on the menu and am repulsed by its ethyl alcohol (gasoline?) scent and aftertaste.  Not one to be daunted, on the next visit I order the most expensive and am blown away by the difference. It’s smooth, rich, delightfully bursting with the scent, flavor and aftertaste of anise. I turn around and see that tucked away in a corner is a collection of all the rakis they serve. Meze by …