Istanbul, the Cocktail

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1 glass

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      5 min

Appears in
Istanbul Cult Recipes

By Pomme Larmoyer

Published 2015

  • About

Istanbul is a cocktail: a fine mix of styles, the new and the old. Müzedechanga, a pioneering restaurant of the new Turkish cuisine, has created a raki cocktail named after the city. It’s best enjoyed on their terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. Thank you to Tarik Beyazit for passing it on to me.


  • ½ mandarin*, cut into 5 wedges
  • 20 ml (1 fl oz) sugar syrup


Use a pestle to crush the pieces of mandarin with the sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, raki, lemon juice and a big handful of crushed ice. Close the shaker, shake vigorously and serve in a pretty glass.