The Arak is distilled from purified grape alcohol with the addition of these anise seeds in a small pot still.
The first distillation of the seeds is limited to 12 hours maximum so that the undesired heavier oils are not extracted. For this reason, only small batches can be distilled. A second and third distillation extracts the heart of distillate.
The heart of distillate is obtained in the final third distillation process; this distillate is then maturation in clay jars to give it a round flavor.