Tsikoudia or raki is a traditional distillate of the island of Crete. The raw material for the production of tsikoudia is "tsikouda", which essentially is the mass (peels and seeds) remaining after the pressing of grapes for wine production. After undergoing fermentation, tsikouda is transferred to copper stills, where it is distilled and thus produces tsikoudia. Tsikoudia –unlike tsipouro - is usually a product of single distillation. It's considered a perfect accompaniment to all traditional Cretan meze.