2300 Wilson blvd (corner of Clarendon blvd & Adams st) | PHONE 703.465.4440

The Signature Drink of Lebanon

Lebanon & Arak

Arak considered the signature drink of the Lebanese people is an essential part of the Lebanese tradition. In other words, Arak in Lebanon is what Saki in Japan. 

Arak is made from Obeidi/Merwah grapes. Patiently waiting for the grapes to mature, they are harvested during certain months (September & October).

Triple Distillation

After the process of fermentation, the juice turns into wine. 

First Distillation

  • Creates the alcohol

Second Distillation

  • Removing Impurities

Third Distillation

  • Aniseeds are added.


What Does Arak Taste Like?

Arak in its purest form is a colorless and clear liquid. Aniseed is added to help distill the alcohol as mentioned above. Depending on the quality of the arak will determine the ration of aniseed to alcohol. On average, however, it is between 30%-60%.

When is Arak Served & Served With?

Usually, arak is served in social settings and huge gatherings such as dinner parties, restaurants and of course Mejana®

As far as tradition is concerned, arak is served with mezze which is appetizers. It is the perfect match for the smaller meals. 

How to Pour Arak?

The first rule is to NEVER add the ice before the water or arak. It will only produce an unpleasant film on top of the drink. So we recommend to pour the water first, then the arak which will cause the liquid to turn into a milky color. 


So what are you waiting for? Reserve your table here!

Me Jana Restaurant