Licorice Twist “Citrus-tini”

citrus arak cocktail with pomegranates

Of all the sources of inspiration that help us create our recipes, I would say that our childhood memories are probably number one on the list.

And although most of them are food related, there is one in particular that is very special to us: it’s the memory of our dad sitting on the couch, watching soccer, eating pistachio nuts, enjoying a glass of Arack, a Middle Eastern, super strong, anise flavored spirit. He would mix it with ice and water (which made this clear liqueur turn white almost milky looking) and drink it slowly, enjoying every sip.

So whenever we know he’ll be coming to visit, we make sure to have a bottle of Arack handy for him to enjoy. But this time, we thought we would surprise him with an Arack inspired cocktail. And we really had to get creative here because, as I’m sure we’ve mentioned before, when it comes to food and drink, our dad is a purist.

We did some research online to try to get some ideas and although we did find really cool and unusual cocktails and drinks, we didn’t find too may that used Arack. So we thought it would be best to just keep it simple: combine some of his favorite fruits, like citrus and pomegranate, sweeten it up a little bit, and that’s it!

Well, mission accomplished. We made it for him today, and he really enjoyed it. Which means, it’s good enough to share with you 🙂

Hope you enjoy it too!


Licorice Twist "Citrus-tini" - A Memorable & Unusual Drink
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A twist of the classic Arak drink. We added some citrus and pomegranates to make it into a licorice flavored cocktail
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 1
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed Meyer lemon
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed clementine juice
  • 3 tbsp Arack (anise-flavored liqueur)
  • 4 tbsp room temperature water
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Zest of half a Meyer lemon
  • Ice
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine water and sugar and shake well until dissolved.
  2. Add lemon and clementine juices, arack and ice and shake well.
  3. Pour into a martini glass, add pomegranate seeds and lemon zest


citrus arak cocktail

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4 Responses to Licorice Twist “Citrus-tini”

  1. Hanna January 17, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    would you come to my poker game Saturday night with Mommy and make this drink? (I know she would love to play, you can translate)
    It sounds delicious. Oh yeah, can you bring some of your amazing apps?

    • mayihavethatrecipe January 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks for the invite! I won’t be able to make it but maybe Mami will want to join you if Vicky can go as well. And if she does, get ready to lose your $$, haha… 😉

  2. Jenny @ BAKE January 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I love the sound of this cocktail, liquorice and citrus sounds intriguing!
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    • Vicky & Ruth January 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Oh, it’s definitely an “interesting” cocktail. Surprisingly good!!!

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