I'm drinking 20 year old Yugoslavian water

1y ago

When I was growing up, my next door neighbour was a tall and scrawny old man who had emigrated from Pula (modern day Croatia), Yugoslavia in the 1950s. After the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s he started going back home more often, at least once a year. Every summer, he would go back to his hometown and then come back with food and spirits and over twenty years ago, he gave my grandmother the bottle you see here. This is Rakija, a type of fruit spirit usually made from plums, very popular in the Balkans, especially Serbia and indeed Croatia. Now, Rakija is already quite strong to begin with but remember, this has been sitting in the kitchen cabinet at my grandma's for two decades. It is now immensely strong, both in terms of taste and ABV, but it's quite good. Would you like a glass?

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Comments (10)

  • I love Rakija when Iā€™m out in Croatia. Nothing makes your forget the pain of sunburn like a few glasses of that!

      1 year ago
  • Oh yes a. As a fan of puccine. That sounds quite tame

      1 year ago
  • I am more of a Julischka person, but I guess I would try it.

      1 year ago
  • Of course you are. Yes, I'll have a glass.

      1 year ago
  • I first tried Rakija when visiting a Bulgarian colleague. He told me that in Bulgaria you can rent the equipment for a day and actually distill your own Rakija! Obviously you need to bring the ingredients including the wood or coal for heating the stuff. Then you sit there, watch the liquid being processed, try a bit every now and then... Should be a fun day, methinks šŸ˜Š

      1 year ago