In today's World Cup action, Serbia squared off against Ghana in a great match that saw a red card, a goal on a penalty kick, and the first win for and African country in an African-hosted World Cup. While I'll get to the victorious Ghana later, this post will be about the classics of Serbian cuisine and beverages. I'm really excited for this blog post because we're getting into some cultural foods and local beverages that many of my readers likely don't know by name. Today we'll take a look at the Serbian favorites: Pecenje and Rakija!
Enjoy the Serbian Music and a Look at Pecenje
Rakija is fruit brandy that has taken over as the unofficial drink of the Balkans. In Serbia, most rakija is made at homes in small batches rather than commercially produced and sold in stores. The stiff beverage can be made from any number of fruits such as plums, apples, peaches, cherries, and figs, though the most common fruit in Macedonia is grapes. However, the national drink of Serbia is a type of rakija called slivovitz, which is made from fermented plum juice.
Rakija could most easily be compared to American moonshine. It is typically consumed at room temperature in a sipping glass. The distilled fruit is strong, sweet, and delivers a delightful burning sensation on the way down. If you don't understand what I mean by delightful, then rakija might not be the best drink for you. Let me suggest this: rakija often makes first timers cough upon first sip. I'd like to take that challenge. Just to show you how much Serbians like rakija, check out the following music video from the song titled, what else, Rakija! If that doesn't make you want a sip, I don't know what will!
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