Known as tsikoudia, Cretan raki is one of the most characteristic drinks on the island. You will be offered it wherever you go. Consisting of about 37% alcohol, it is particularly strong and comes from the marc of grapes left after crushing, extracting the wort during the production of wine.

Cretan raki doesn't contain aniseed, as is customary in other regions in Greece. Thus, if you add water, it will not turn cloudy. Its distillation is a real science for most, while the process, known as the "cauldron", is a good opportunity to feast on food and wine until dawn.