“So we had to be content with sitting round the stove and drinking innumerable tiny glasses of mastika, which is like gin mixed with aniseed, slivovitz, which is like vodka mixed with ammoniated quinine, and tsuica, which is like slivovitz, only more so.”
“I drank mastika or oozois that how you spell it? and they had beer.”
“Fatigue, combined with tsuica, mastika and slivovitz, did the rest; we slept passably well, woke up to a landscape of fairy-tale mountains, winding valleys and frozen rivers, and arrived at Sofia about ten o'clock in the morning.”
“We fell asleep at last amid the noise of wild carousing; for the proprietor of the Yeni Khan, although a Turk, and therefore himself presumably abstemious, was not above dispensing at a price mastika that the Greeks get drunk on, and the viler raki, with which Georgians,”
“Now, I'll have a chai please, that is, if you can still negotiate a kettle after all that mastika today.”
“They sat down together with a bottle of mastika at a little round table behind Mr. Youkoumian’s counter at ten in the morning.”
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