Liquor obtained by macerating fruit in alcohol. There are several possible origins of this name: from the Malaysian arak, "spirits" and tafia, "cane spirit"; from the Latin rata fiat, meaning approximately "you decide", referring to the drink of this liquor as a seal of a verbal contract; from Piedmont, where since 1600 is produced with the syrup of black cherries a Ratafià "ratafià" means "scratch breath".