LO­CAL SPIR­ITS

Bali & Beyond - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

The is­land’s sig­na­ture liquor, arak Bali, is dis­tilled from rice or palm sap with al­co­hol con­tent rang­ing from 20 to 50 per­cent. It is of­ten used in of­fer­ings to ward off evil spir­its and is one of the less reg­u­lated al­co­holic bev­er­ages – that is why you need to be care­ful when you want to sam­ple this drink.

The cheap­est arak drink costs around US$2, how­ever it is gen­er­ally not rec­om­mended to con­sume that or any other cock­tails at a bar serv­ing drinks ad­ver­tised below US$5, as of­ten they can cause methanol poi­son­ing. It can be tricky to find a de­cent place that serves arak with­out putting your life on the line, so we did the re­search for you and found Akademi Bar.

As a ded­i­cated cen­ter of li­ba­tions, Akademi Bar is not only one of the few places that serves proper arak Bali but at the same time ed­u­cates their guests about this par­tic­u­larly no­to­ri­ous spirit, spread­ing aware­ness that it can be a safe drink and even made into a world-class cock­tail. Made in Bali with the high­est stan­dard, the arak Bali at Akademi Bar is also in­fused with more than 20 types of in­gre­di­ents. From the most com­mon in­gre­di­ents such as cin­na­mon and cit­rus to the more ex­otic spices like asam kranji or Bor­neo tamarind, a fruit that only grows once ev­ery 10 years. Ask for the arak tast­ing or cock­tail sam­pling made with one of the arak in­fu­sions at Akademi Bar, and you will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of this spirit. Akademi Bar Kata­mama Ho­tel Jalan Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak (0361) 302-9940 www.akademi-bar.com

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