Climbing taxes ferment Turkey’s home-made booze

In this Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 photo, Cengiz Dev, a 47-year-old chemist, brews his own raki, an anise-flavored liquor native to Turkey and the country’s most iconic liquor, in his kitchen at home in Istanbul. For lovers of Turkey’s unofficial national drink, years of tax hikes on their favorite tipple have been hard to swallow. Faced with ever-climbing prices and restrictions on alcohol, many are turning to home-brewed booze and rekindling their love for the country’s famous liquor. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


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