Arak is part of Lebanon’s culinary heritage and is served with Mezza, the array of appetizers and light dishes known to the Lebanese traditional gatherings over a meal.
In traditional Lebanese culture, the Arak has also been used as a home remedy to temporarily soothe adults’ toothaches. The liquid is gently dubbed with the tip of the finger on the aching tooth for immediate relief. No wonder in that. The anise in the arak works as an anesthetic.
The founder of this Lebanese Arak brand, Moussa Abi Akl, created his own Arak trademark in 1935. He started exporting his triple-distilled products to Canada in the 1980s and to the US in the 1990s. The Lebanese diaspora claimed that his Arak tastes like home.
Arak Abou Akl is located in Mtein. Contact +961 71 615 717.
Chateau Nakad in Jdita was founded in 1923 and boasts three generations of winemakers from the Bekaa Valley. Along with its variety of wine, it produces a well-distilled Arak “Al-Samir” which you can enjoy while admiring the beautiful view around its permisses.
The Massaya in Faraya is a wine resort with extensive cellars carved into the mountain rock. In addition to its reputable wines, its distillery produces a traditional Arak brand, in an elegant blue bottle that calls for tasting.
It has also a base in Taanayel, Chtaura (Bekaa) – Contact +961-3-735795
#10 Beit Ebrine – La Maison de l’Arak
You can enjoy Arak Beit Ebrine in the village of Aabrin, just out of Batroun, with delicious food in the heart of nature.
Located in Jdeidet Marjeyoun, south of Lebanon, Les Vignes du Marje produces wine and also Arak. Founded and managed by Carole Khoury, the distillery carries the old arak-making traditions of her family.
The Arak du Marje is crafted with expertise and distilled four times to generate that refined and pure Milk of Lions.
A Lebanese artisanal Arak, the Mtallat is handcrafted using a process that dates back 120 years. It is triple-distilled in Smar Jbeil, in small batches using the oldest and most recognized still design, the alembic pot-still.⠀
Mtallat brands itself in a modern way without relinquishing the traditional, and its Arak has been used in several cocktail recipes appealing to the new generation of Arak lovers.
An acclaimed product of the Ixsir winery, located in Bazbina, just outside Batroun. Established in 2008, the site is worth the trip also for its amazing rooftop restaurant (Thursdays to Saturdays) with splendid views.
Contact: +961 71 631 613
#19 Domaine Le Toubib
As the name indicates, Domaine Le Toubib is the creation of a doctor with a passion for Lebanese artisanal arak and wine. It is a home-based distillery producing rare Arak, as well as several types of wines, all acclaimed to be top-notch.
It is located in Hsoun, Mount-Lebanon, and has a beautiful garden with great views. Contact: +961 3 635 900