Arak or araq (Arabic: عرق IPA [ʕaraq]) is a clear, colourless, unsweetened aniseed-flavoured distilled alcoholic drink, produced in the eastern Mediterranean and Lebanon . The word comes from Arabic araq عرق, meaning "sweat" or "juice".
A name widely used in Asia and the Middle East for a fiery liquor made, depending on the country, from any of several ingredients including rice, sundry-palm sap and dates.
Arak is a strong, clear Middle Eastern liquor, similar to raki and ouzo, made from grape juice and flavored with anise. It is traditionally an aperitif, accompanied by mezza.