Beverage is one of the parts of our cuisine rich in its variety. Vodka is distilled from mulberry, cornell and other plants and is mainly used for medical purposes. "Arag" means "white beverage"('ag' means 'white', 'ar' means beverage, 'ir' in the word 'kefir' also means baverage). On the other hand 'ar' derived from 'sorted out' and may be explained as pure, clarified.
Our national cuisine is very rich. About 2000 dishes are known in Azerbaijan cuisine. As witnessed Antony Jacson -English voyager, 150 varieties of dishes were on the table when he was invited to dinner by Abdulla khan in Shamakhi and 140 varieties presented after the table cleared.