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While a significant proportion of the Turks are devout Muslims, alcoholic beverages are legal, widely available, and thoroughly enjoyed by the locals. On May 2013, the government applied a restriction to the sale of alcohol from 22.00 to 06.00, however restaurants and bars are not affected. The local firewater of choice is '''rakı''', an anise-flavoured liquor double distilled from fermented grape skin. It is usually mixed with water and drunk with another glass of iced water to accompany it. You may order 'tek' (single) or 'duble' (double) to indicate the amount of rakı in your glass.  Rakı is a national drink of Turkey. Make sure to try it but don't overindulge as it is very potent! Remember not to mix it with anything else. There is a wide selection of different types in supermarkets. Mey [http://www.mey.com.tr/u_raki_yeni.html], and Efe Rakı [http://www.eferaki.com/] are two of the biggest producers. Only the connaisseurs know which type is the best. ''Yeni Rakı'' which is a decent variety has the wıdest distribution and consumption.
 
While a significant proportion of the Turks are devout Muslims, alcoholic beverages are legal, widely available, and thoroughly enjoyed by the locals. On May 2013, the government applied a restriction to the sale of alcohol from 22.00 to 06.00, however restaurants and bars are not affected. The local firewater of choice is '''rakı''', an anise-flavoured liquor double distilled from fermented grape skin. It is usually mixed with water and drunk with another glass of iced water to accompany it. You may order 'tek' (single) or 'duble' (double) to indicate the amount of rakı in your glass.  Rakı is a national drink of Turkey. Make sure to try it but don't overindulge as it is very potent! Remember not to mix it with anything else. There is a wide selection of different types in supermarkets. Mey [http://www.mey.com.tr/u_raki_yeni.html], and Efe Rakı [http://www.eferaki.com/] are two of the biggest producers. Only the connaisseurs know which type is the best. ''Yeni Rakı'' which is a decent variety has the wıdest distribution and consumption.
  
As for Turkish '''wine''', the wines are as good as the local grape varieties. ''Kalecik Karası'' from [[Ankara]], ''Karasakız'' from [[Bozcaada]], ''Öküzgözü'' from [[Elmalı]], ''Boğazkere'' from [[Diyarbakir|Diyarbakır]] are some of the most well-known varieties. The biggest winemakers are Kavaklıdere [http://www.kavaklidere.com], Doluca [http://www.doluca.com/], Sevilen [http://www.sevilengroup.com/], and Kayra [http://www.kayrasaraplari.com/] with many good local vineyards especially in the Western part of the country. In addition liquory fruit wines of [[Şirince]] near [[Izmir]] are well worth tasting. One specific sweet red wine to try while you're there is Talay Kuntra [http://www.talay.com.tr/].
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As for Turkish '''wine''', the wines are as good as the local grape varieties. ''Kalecik Karası'' from [[Ankara]], ''Karasakız'' from [[Bozcaada]], ''Öküzgözü'' from [[Elmalı]], ''Boğazkere'' from [[Diyarbakir|Diyarbakır]] are some of the most well-known varieties. The biggest winemakers are Kavaklıdere [http://www.kavaklidere.com], Doluca [http://www.doluca.com/], Sevilen [http://www.sevilengroup.com/], and Kayra [http://www.kayrasaraplari.com/] with many good local vineyards especially in the Western part of the country. In addition liquory fruit wines of [[Şirince]] near [[Izmir]] are well worth tasting. One specific sweet red wine to try while you're there is Talay Kuntra [http://www.talay.com.tr/]. SarapOburu.com [http://www.sarapoburu.com]you must follow if you are a Turkish wine lover.
  
 
There are two major Turkish '''breweries'''. Efes [http://www.efespilsener.com/] and Tekel Birası [http://www.mey.com.tr/u_bira.html] are two widely known lagers. In addition, you can find locally brewed Tuborg, Miller, Heineken, and Carlsberg too.
 
There are two major Turkish '''breweries'''. Efes [http://www.efespilsener.com/] and Tekel Birası [http://www.mey.com.tr/u_bira.html] are two widely known lagers. In addition, you can find locally brewed Tuborg, Miller, Heineken, and Carlsberg too.

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