Rakija is one of those beverages that are considered to be a cure as well as an excellent trigger of entertainment. One of those beverages that are compulsory in every household, the preparation of which has become traditional experience that connects and appeases, and the consumption of which heals and rejoices.
Rakija, that hard alcoholic drink is obtained by distillation of fermented fruits, it can be prepared of plums (šljivovica), pears (viljamovka), grapes (lozovača) and apricots (kajsijevača), and then, there are also variations that depend on the householder’s taste. For example, you can season rakija with home grown spice herbs and grasses and enjoy homemade travarica, or add some fruit like sour cherries, figs, honey, or even walnuts for the sweetest homemade orahovača.
Rakija is a simple beverage, rich in alcohol, and it is certainly recommended to be consumed in small doses.
Rakija connects and warms, so it is especially attractive during winter days when it can be boiled and mixed with other seasonal drinks.
The classical rakija is transparent and has strong alcoholic odour. Preparation of this beverage requires a large kettle in which fruits are boiled, but the preparation procedure certainly varies given the areas and customs.
It is believed that rakija heals a series of health problems. These beliefs are passed on from one to another generation, so having a bottle of rakija in the household is a real unwritten rule. Actually, rakija cures headache and toothache, eliminates gastric problems, it is perfect for pain in the neck and back, and heals seasonal colds.
Rakija is most often served as the appetiser, as the beverage that stimulates appetite and is perfect introduction to rich meal or dinner.
Except as a cure, rakija is ideal to warm you in the cold winter days, and for toasting to special moments. In whatever part of the country you are, toast with a glass of rakija and let each moment be special.
AUTHOR: CROATIA, 365 GOURMET