Arak, the national Lebanese drink
Arak is a clear, colourless, unsweetened aniseed-flavoured distilled alcoholic drink, produced in the eastern Mediterranean. It's similar in taste to Pernod, Ricard, and other pastis.
Arak is usually not drunk straight, but is mixed in approximately 1/3 arak to 2/3 water, and ice is then added. This dilution causes the liquor to turn an opaque milky-white colour. Arak is usually served with mezza, which could include dozens of small dishes, which many arak drinkers prefer as accompaniment rather than main courses. It is also well appreciated with barbecues, along with garlic sauce.
(taken from Wikipedia)