Warning: Despite any comments in this post, whether positive or negative regarding arak, it is largely unregulated in Bali and should be consumed at your own risk.
Have you ever wondered how they are able to sell cocktails so cheaply in Bali while liquor prices are through the roof? Or have you ever seen a group of men gathered on the street drinking a mysterious liquid in shot glasses and wondered what it was? The answer to both questions is arak - the traditional Balinese liquor that derives from the palm tree. It has been described as strong, foul, great for a night out but also -- deadly. Is it really though, or is the media getting people all worked up over nothing? (more…)