Souma is a traditional drink made from figs. the figs are collected in august and spread on the roofs of the mastica villages to dry. they are then collected and thrown into large barrels with water and yeast and left to ferment. around the end of october the figs are boiled in a traditional distiller, similar to the ones they use to make ouzo or raki with a tube that brings the steam into a tank. as potent as souma is (probably about 45% alcohol) if you continue the process and distil it again you get metapsima which is even more potent. like ouzo, souma will turn white when you add water. what ouzo is to the people of lesvos, souma is to the people of chios and is d***k throughout the day and at all festivals, weddings and every other social occasion.