The Croatian Spirit
Croatians love their rakija, a potent fruit brandy that packs a punch. But this national drink isn't the only alcoholic beverage worth trying in Croatia. Istria's Biska is a brandy made from mistletoe, while in Dalmatia you can find a brandy with walnuts. And on the island of Hvar, myrtle brandy is all the rage. But these aren't the only alcoholic drinks worth trying in Croatia. The country is also home to Teranino, a sweetened liqueur made with fruit brandy and red wine. This drink is usually flavored with botanicals like cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon, and vanilla. And it's best served as an aperitif or digestif.
Croatia has always been known for its rakija and brandies, but in recent years gin production has increased significantly. Most Croatian gins have a distinct juniper flavor but many Croatian distillers also try to create a balance of aromas from Croatian botanicals and the Mediterranean. So if you're looking for something new to try we recommend trying Croatian gin. Quite the underdog on the current gin market but a product you should look out for.