How to Host a Turkish Rakı Night for Your Friends
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When you live abroad, there may be a lot of things that you are missing about your hometown. If you are new in town and not get use to the city and the people that much this kind of a Yeni Rakı experience will be the perfect opportunity to meet them or strengthen the bonds with you already met. The most important thing to do when you move to a foreign country is to create new memories. If this is the case for you, that means you are really in need of a long and crowded Yeni Rakı table full of pleasant conversations and delicious meals. This guide that we prepared for you is exactly what you need to host a Turkish rakı night for your​ Turkish and also for your new foreign friends. Let's start the night, shall we?


COOKING FIRST: QUICK AND TASTY

​Preparing a rakı night is mainly about introducing your culture to others. Even the ones who had never live this experience and not familiar with the concept can easily adapt to ​​the rituals. You should make a decent plan and prepare your shopping list after you decide the whole menu for a Turkish-style rakı night.


Kidney Bean 'Barbunya Pilaki' Recipe

​On a breakfast table in England or on a ​rakı table in Turkey... Beans are indispensable for different traditional tables in each c​ountry and loved by everyone. Our first recommendation for the night is this delicious mezze which is made from the kidney beans. This mezze, which you can prepare with basic ingredients in every kitchen such as tomatoes, onions, parsley, and beans is also suitable for vegans. The first thing that comes to mind for those who want to cool flavor on the table is the kidney beans, which made with olive oil​ and can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time. Those who have not tried this global but also ethnic taste before will surely want to learn the recipe from you.


Muhammara Recipe

Muhammara, which is a taste you can consume in every meal, is prepared in different ways in each region. This version, which is consumed as a mezze that contains different textures, is very easy to make. Even şf you cannot adjust the amount correctly and do too much, it will happen to the best of us, you can store and rub the leftovers on the bread for the fastest breakfast and enjoy it. We'll write all the ingredients in order not to skip anything.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bowl of walnuts
  • 2-3 fried slices of bread
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. red pepper paste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Salt
  • Garlic
Crumble the fried slices of bread then add the chopped walnuts, red pepper paste, cumin, salt, chopped garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Mix them well and serve with rep pepper flakes.

Girit Ezme Recipe

A rakı table without cheese is unthinkable. Would you like to take this one step further and prepare probably the most eaten mezze on the table with cheese varieties specific to your location? Mix basil, garlic, olive oil and start mixing at least two kinds of cheese aside with one side of a fork. With mozzarella and gouda, or with roquefort and edam cheese. Don't panic when you can't find the true tulum cheese and ezine and create your own version of Girit Ezme. After mixing the sauce with cheese mix that you prepared, add powder pistachio to the recipe. Walnuts can be a good alternative if you ran out of pistachios. This delicious mezze will become a specialty that you prepare in every event.

Kuru Cacık Recipe

There is no limit to what a person can do with yogurt for a long and crowded Yeni Rakı table. Since it is now much easier to find delicious yogurt abroad, the rakı tables you set up can be filled with yogurt mezzes. For tonight, you can add one of the most-fresh flavors that can be made with yogurt for the table. Put a glass of water to the yogurt and mix well. When yogurt mixes with water, grate the cucumbers after you peel them. Add olive oil, dried mint, garlic, and salt to the mixture and continue mixing. If you couldn't find cucumbers abroad - which is sometimes difficult to find - ​or if the cucumbers you find do not make you happy, you can make the same recipe with fresh herbs. There is no better taste than the kuru cacık on a hot summer night at Yeni Rakı tables.


The Advance One: Fried Calamari Recipe​

If a rakı table is somewhere especially by the sea, there is always calamari on it. It may not be as easy to make as the recipes we gave above, but it is perhaps the most delicious one among the advance mezze recipes. We also give you a list of needs that will save you from walking around the market.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound fresh calamari
  • 3-4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 100 ml of mineral water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Flour
If this is your first time ​doing calamari on your own, make sure to watch the video​ to avoid missing any steps while doing.


THE FIRST THING ON Y​OUR SHOPPING LIST: YENİ RAKI


If you prepare the dishes and leave the kitchen the time has come to the star of the night. Here you can see the sites where you can order rakı online, as well as the lists of all markets where you can find Yeni Rakı. Yeni Rakı Ustaların Karışımı is the right choice for the night if you are making a fish next to the calamari and complete the table with cold mezzes.  Consider the number of guests and do all the shopping accordingly. 

AND FINALLY: THE MUSIC


A rakı table consists of three basic elements; mezze, music, and conversation. You are going to chat about work, love, the delicious mezzes that you prepared or just about Turkey. Whatever your subject, there is always a need for music in the background. No worries, you can choose one of the Spotify playlists we have prepared for you so that you can enjoy the night without thinking about which song will be up next. If you want to complete night with the traditional tunes on the background while preparing a rakı and mezze night, you can choose the Ultimate Meyhane Songs with Yeni Rakı. If you like new wave things, you can press the play button for Third Generation Unrush. Turkish friends will get emotional with these lists, and foreign friends will be happy with the melodies and tunes which they hear for the first time. 


No matter how hard it looks to plan such a night, you will see that it worth the effort you make when your guests left your house happily. If there are people who are still against the regular taste of rakı you can always offer them the colorful rakı cocktails. Here are some recipes of rakı cocktails​ that you can try for variety. Now you know each other much better and have lots of memories of a rakı table together. ​