Anyone for a Drink of Raki?
Up high in the mountains on the Lassithi Plateau, in Greece, I found a man making Raki. A local liquor is made simply with grapes and water, using firewood and specially built containers.
Grapes are pressed and the solid residue is kept in an airtight container for two months. In the cooking container, the grape residue is stuffed inside and a fire is started below. The grapes start to boil and the vapors or steam go up and are channeled through a tube to another container which contains cold water. When the steam passes through the cold water it turns into the liquor, Raki.