poniedziałek, 3 grudnia 2012

Homemade RAKIJA



Let’s start from the beginning… 

RAKIJA is kind of brandy, which is produced of fermented fruits, like plums (the most popular), apricots, grapes, peaches, apples, pears or it can be also done with herbs. Its alcohol content is about 40% ABV, but home-made rakija is much stronger, typically 50-60%.

Rakija has no color, unless herbs are added. It’s supposed to be drunk in small glasses. Attention: you drink it slowly and celebrate the taste ! Take a breath, a quick sip directly down your throat right to the stomach, long breath and you should feel the burning in your chest. 

Rakija is considered as a national drink in the Balkans. Drinking it has also a traditional meaning. People drink it during weddings, baptisms, joining the army. It’s offered to guests no matter what time of day it is and in the end of the orthodox funerals, people drink it “for a soul” of the deceased, some spill some rakija on the ground before drinking the rest.

During winter, especially during open-air festivities it’s very popular to drink “cooked” rakija which is heated and sweetened with honey, sugar, added spices.  

According to the local people if you haven't tried homemade Rakija, then you just haven't tried Rakija at all. It’s also very interesting to see this productions…  So, enjoy it !







15 komentarzy:

  1. nie bardzo lubię, ale jak lokalna tradycja, to tradycja, raz w życiu trzeba było spróbować:)

    życie & podróże
    gotowanie

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    1. hehehe to w takim układzie proponuję skorzystać z zagryzki... tutaj w BiH służą do tego mandarynki :)

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    2. no nie mandarynki :-)

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  2. Wow! I drank RAKI when I was in Greece. Tasted a bit like liqourice or anis, very good. Maybe it is the same drink? I love the photos, with the cats hidden in the for - and backgrounds.

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    1. Yes, it is; in Greece you can drink it too, but I think it's not that popular. Rakija is the drink of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia (in december, there is even Rakija Fest), Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey.
      YEY ! cats are simply the best ! Hehehe they had to like it...

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  3. Przywieźliśmy jako "pamiątkę" od gospodarza. Około półtora litra - dostaliśmy to jako "poklon", ale ciągle jej nie ubywa :-)

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    1. Rakija ma również zastosowanie lecznicze.... Hmm... pamiętasz Amol ? Z rakiją jest dokładnie tak samo, mam na myśli stosowanie na praktycznie wszystkie choroby ;)

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  4. Me too! I like the supervising cat who knows how to do this and is making sure the humans do it right! Very interesting post. I'm not sure I would do the drink justice. Probably would cough and choke, then everyone would laugh :-)

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    1. Yep, that's quite amazing. He's the boss !

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  5. It sounds good, but I would probably get drunk very easily with that much alcohol content !!!

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    1. maybe you could just try a bit ?
      Best regards

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  6. Hmmm ... here in Canada, I think we call that stuff moonshine ... haha ...

    Seriously, I had a friend who made it once, and it was very a very powerful drink ... I don't think I remembered much after the first shot ...

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    1. I made a little research about moonshine and I found some stories about people drinking it and going blind or even dying... You're right not to try it again !

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  7. Czy rakija jest więc podobna do bimbru? :-)

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    1. Chyba tak, zakladajac, ze jest to bimber ze sliwek. Hmm... z drugiej strony zadna ze mnie specjalistka w tej dziedzinie ;)

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