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Rakija

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Rakia or rakija is considered to be a national drink amongst the Bosnian nation.  Its alcohol content is normally 40%, but home-produced rakia can be a tongue burner, typically 50 to 60%!
Frequently used as the common drink at all celebrations, birthdays, holy holidays, slava (Orthodx christian custom of honouring a certain saint) and even funerals.
Common flavours are slivovitz, traditionally made from plums and grozdova, which is made from grapes.  But, you can also distill from pears, peaches, apricots, apples, figs and cherries.
Plum and grape rakia are sometimes mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs, honey, sour cherries and walnuts after distillation.
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