Rakija – Elixir of Life / Rakija – Eliksir Života

 

Keeping healthy is very important in winter time and according to the Balkan people the best way to do that is to start your day with one small shot of rakija.

 

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Keeping healthy is very important in winter time and according to the Balkan people the best way to do that is to start your day with one small shot of rakija (pronounced rak-eeya). What is rakija you wonder?! Well, if you ever visited the Balkans region you would know, since avoiding drinking rakija would be like avoiding paying taxes, in other words impossible. For you who don’t know, rakija is a name given to an alcoholic beverage made from the distillation of fermented fruit, and it is considered to be “elixir of life”. It is a clear kind of drink with a percentage of alcohol that can range from approximately 40% to 65%, and it can be made out of almost any fruit. Based on fruit, the name of rakija differs from country to country so we have Slivovica (plum), Viljamovka (peer), Loza (grape) etc. What is interesting about rakija is the fact that Rakia is a world of its own – it has its own tradition and its own rituals. Balkan people take much pride in producing rakija, and every person makes it, or just knows somebody who makes it.

If you go to someone’s home, no matter what time of the day it is, the first thing next to the coffee would be to serve you with rakija. This is usually followed by the story how this particular rakija is the best one you will ever drink because it is made in special way by their father, grandfather or a good friend. It is important to understand that serving someone homemade rakija, means a lot in the Balkans, it means that they appreciate you as a guest and that you are always welcome in their home. That’s why you should never reject it, even if you can’t drink it at least try it, but before you even start drinking it, your host will first have a toast to you and to life with a word “Živeli!”

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Rakija is served in small shot glasses, but you drink it sip by sip. Be aware, if you drink all your glass, they will pour you more, because it is considered rude to keep your guest with an empty glass on the table. It is important to stress out that there is a right way to drink rakija, but the best way to learn this is to visit Balkans and ask some local to show it to you! Believe me, no one will reject this and you will have a great time with locals.

No matter what one thing is for sure, you must visit Balkans so you experience the joy of drinking rakija!   And as we said at the beginning, Balkan people drink rakija so they stay healthy, the dancing and singing are just side effects. Cheers!

***If you enjoy rakija  don’t forget to use hashtag #balkanlifestyle on your photos! We promise to repost the best ones! For this post, we thank congerdesign for sending us this lovely photo with apples!***

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Započnite dan sa čašicom rakije, savet je ljudi sa Balkana ukoliko želite da sačuvate zdravlje u zimskom periodu.

 

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Započnite dan sa čašicom rakije, savet je ljudi sa Balkana ukoliko želite da sačuvate zdravlje u zimskom periodu. Ako ste ikada bili na Balkanu znate da odbijanje da popijete rakiju, isto je kao izbegavanje plaćanja poreza, drugim rečima nemoguće. Za vas koji ne znate, rakija je alkoholno piće napravljeno destilacijom fermetisanog voća  i na ovom regionu poznata je i kao “eliksir života”. To je takozvana čista vrsta pića sa procentom alkohola od 40% do 65%, a može se napraviti iz skoro svakog voća. U zavisnosti od kog voća je pravljena, razlikujemo i određene vrste rakije: Šljivovica, Viljamovka, Loza itd. Ono što je interesantno za ovo piće je da ima svoje sopstvene rituale i tradiciju. Balkanci su dosta ponosi na proizvodnju rakije i gotovo da svaka porodica ili sprema sopstvenu rakiju ili zna nekoga ko to radi.

Kada dođete kod nekoga u posetu, nebitno u koje doba dana, pored kafe svakako ćete biti posluženi i njihovom domaćom rakijom. Obično uz to sledi i priča kako je to najbolja rakija koju ćete probati, jer je pripremljena na specijalan način od strane njihovog oca, dede ili prijatelja. Važno je istaći da je služenje domaće rakije velika čast na Balkanu jer to znači da vas cene i da ćete u njihovoj kući uvek biti rado viđen gost. Zato nikada ne biste trebali odbiti ponuđeno piće, čak i ako ne možete da popijete ceniće se vaš pokušaj, iako će posle toga uslediti duhovit komentar na vaš račun, svojstven ovom području. Pre ispijanja čašice rakije domaćin će nazdraviti sa vama uz reč “Živeli”, a onda druženje uz rakiju može da počne.

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Rakija se služi u malim staklenim čašicama, ali ta mala količina ne treba da vas zavara, jer se rakija pije polako, gutljaj po gutljaj. Ali morate biti na oprezu, nakon svake popijene čaše dosipaće se nova, jer je ružno držati gosta  za praznim stolom. Najbolji način da naučite kako pravilno piti i koja količina je najbolja po vas, jeste da posetite Balkan i zamolite nekog od lokalnog stanovništva da vam pokaže. Verujte nam, niko vas nece odbiti i vremenom ćete početi uživati u ovoj tradiciji.

Koliko god da mi sad pišemo I objašnjavamo kako da pijete rakiju, mi vam to ne možemo dočarati, ipak morate ceo ovaj ritual doživeti lično, jer kao što smo rekli na početku članka, rakija se pije zbog zdravlja, a pesma i ples nakon toga su samo “neželjene” posledice pića. Živeli!

 

*** Svi vi koji volite rakiju ne zaboravite da upotrebite #balkanlifestyle hashtag na vašim fotografijama, Obećavamo da ćemo objaviti najlepše fotografije!
Zahvaljujemo  congerdesign za fotografiju sa jabukama. ***

 

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14 Comments

  1. I really didn’t know about this wonderful drink of yours, and it seems like such a warm custom to serve guests with rakija, including the fact that having their glasses empty is considered rude. If and when I visit some Balkan countries, I will surely try out rakija. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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