Absinthe Coloring, Natural or Not?
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Arak is an anise liquor. There is a historical linkage between it and absinthe, in the sense that French 19th Century zouaves (Army troops) in North Africa enountered Arak, got to like the taste, and returned to France (those who did so outside of a coffin) with a taste for it. Absinthe fit the bill.
Where does Arak fit into the scheme of things. I presume there is no wormwood, but the concoction mostly drunk in the Middle East is clear, smells heavily of anise, and louches pearl white when water is added. It is also, I believe moderately alcoholic.