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Rakia: Guidelines for a successful experience

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One of the most famous Serbian movies, Barking at the Stars, contains one legendary scene. Two high school seniors, after being caught drinking rakia in the near kafana, had to justify their maturity. The professor, the day after, is testing them on a theoretical knowledge about this liquor. One of the seniors shows incredible insight on this topic. One of the students in the classroom shouts: "Damn, this rakia drinking requires huge academic preparation" I feel obliged to explain, except this Five things you should know before drinking, more things you should know follows.

First, this song:

Traditionally, rakia is used for everything. To clean the windows, to massage your twisted ankle, to drink in sadness, and to drink when you’re celebrating. It is served in small glasses or special small bottles. Many families have a bottle of rakia they have been saving for more than 20 years for special occasions like weddings and births. When people drink rakia while remembering someone who passed away, they spill some rakia on the floor.

The poster above is a part of a promotion of Rakia Night organized by Rakia Bars in Belgrade. This kind of events, to celebrate rakia, are common. While in Belgrade, probably you will have a chance to attend one. Rakia bars also have smart designs for the packing of rakia. Here you can find Chocolate with rakia, or rakia packed in a tube. When rakia is packed in a tube, it puts the user in a position to use this liquor in infinitely different ways. Exactly in a way how it’s traditionally used. And did you know that Rakia unifies the Balkans?

Sip for stress relief, massage for pain relief, share for making friends, and most of all, consume it smartly when you celebrate life!

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Zlata Golaboska

Zlata Golaboska

I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.

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