Croatian Drinks & Rakija
What to expect when drinking in Croatia? Find everything you need to know about famous drink called rakija.
There are a lot of varieties of locally made drinks throughout Croatia, from beers and wines to fruit brandies, one of them is so called rakija.
Rakija is the collective term for fruit brandy popular in the Balkans. There are various flavours. Common ones are šljivovica (produced from plums), kajsija (produced from apricots), and grozdovača or lozovača/komovica (produced from grapes). Fruits less commonly used are peaches, apples, pears, cherries, figs, blackberries, and quince.
They can also sometimes be mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs, honey, sour cherries and walnuts, after distillation. Normally, rakia is colorless, unless herbs or other ingredients are added. Some types of rakia are kept in wooden barrels for extra aroma and a golden color. t is supposed to be drunk from special small glasses which hold from 30 to 50 ml.
In the folk tradition, rakija is known as a natural remedy, especially used for treating colds, flu, stomach pain and it can be used to disinfect wounds.
When in Istria…
If you’re spending your holiday in Istria don’t miss a truly unique experience – traditional products and distillery tour at family distillery Aura. Their offer is really wide: various jams and brandies which are aging for three years + they have one special rakija called Biska. It produced from white mistletoe picked exclusively from the apple tree and they are the only company that is producing it on the market. Then there is also the Millefrutti barrique brandy and Gin Karbun.
Rakijas and liqueurs are today consumed in gastronomy as chilled aperitives and go excellently with smoked ham, cheese and oysters. We recommend trying one of the best in Istria and bringing them home as a souvenir.