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This shot is from my hometown Ierapetra, Crete. These two guys (precious friends) are distilling Raki, the traditional drink of the island. It crystal clear and very strong (very often over 50 degrees of alcohol). Satisfaction guaranteed, no hangover included. Similar types of drink are distilled throughout Greece. In the Central and Northern part of the country it is called Tsipouro and in the islands of Northern Aegean it is called Souma.
The process is the same as centuries ago and almost every Cretan family has a cauldron (its called Rakokazano) of its own. The beginning of distillation (which can last several days), is something like a national celebration. People are moving from Rakokazano to Rakokazano, consuming endless amounts of tradicional cretan food (remember that the famous Mediterranean Cuisine has its roots here) and of course Raki. If you happen to be in Crete during the months of October and November (thats when Rakokazano takes place) try and find one. You are always and everywhere invited, the Cretans are well known for their hospitality. But be prepared to eat and drink a lot! The locals cant take no for an answer when they offer you mezedakia and especially Raki.

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