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This traditional anise-flavoured alcoholic beverage is seldom drunk alone, but commonly consumed along with a range of nourishing traditional dishes and also often served with barbecue and garlic sauce.
The chances to try Arak decrease considerably during the fasting month Ramadan. It is illegal to sell the beverage during the Holy Month, although some independent establishments including a few five-star hotels in the capital city of Amman still offer the spirit during Ramadan, and naturally at much greater cost.
Travellers say arak is the Arabic version of ouzo—one of the national drinks of Greece.