Cultured Palate: Dishes from Croatia

14. Rakija

Rakija is the Croatian word for fruit brandy, which is popular all over Eastern Europe. Typically, in Croatia, the base spirit is made from grapes, but other flavors are added later on in the distilling process. Common Croatian rakijas include herbal (served before a meal along with dried figs, as an aperitif), rakija with nuts, or even rakijas flavored with honey or mistletoe. Many families make their own rakija, and it’s common to see large jars of grape-based spirit infusing with different flavors on balconies and windowsills all over the countryside.

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