- n. A strong distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fruits. "Rakija" is the general name for drinks of this type. In English, the closest equivalents are whiskey and brandy. Different types of rakijas exist across the Balkans and the Mediterranean. One of them is the slivovitz, the national drink of Serbia.
- From Serbo-Croatian rakija/ракија, from Turkish, probably from Arabic عرق ('araq, "sweat or wine") (as the rakija or wine vapor drops are similar to drops of sweat). Exact etymology is hard to pinpoint as this word (or a variant of it) is found throughout the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. (Wiktionary)
“A Serbian friend of mine in L.A. also keeps her home well stocked with rakija.”
“When I asked my Albanian friend, Ina, where I might find rakija out here in L.A, she promptly invited me over to sample her grandmother's homemade brew.”
“Now I know what Albanian rakija tastes like, I'm looking forward to comparing it to the Serbian plum and pear versions.”
“Ikbale makes the rakija every year when the local grapes are harvested at the end of September.”
“This explains why, when Natalia walks into that seedy bar in chapter 5 of The Tiger's Wife, the town lushes are all drinking beer -- rakija is usually drunk at home.”
“In my last blog about The Tiger's Wife, I mentioned the prevalence of rakija drinking in Obreht's novel, and my subsequent plan to track some down to sip along with my reading.”
“Then comes the distillation process, where the condensation -- the rakija -- is collected.”
“She added that she drinks rakija regularly with Serbian friends, and that its effect is "strong" but "warming.”
“Then, said Ina, the rakija must sit for 40 days before it can be tasted, because of something her grandma refers to as a "lehone.”
“Most houses make their own rakija," Ina told me, "If you have a house with a yard and grapevines you are making rakjia and wine.”
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