Among the South Slavic peoples, rakiya is a fruit brandy that can be made out of practically any kind of fermented fruits.


In Bulgaria, the most popular variety is grape rakiya, though plum, apple, apricot, peach, cherry or quince with alcohol percentage up to 65%.

In the summer rakiya is drunk with a fresh salad, while in winter, it is warmed up with burned sugar and served with pickles. In the folk medicine the highly alcoholic drink is used effectively for massage when you've got cold.


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