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Serbian folktale: How the Devil finally tricked the clever Saint Sava with rakija

Considering my last article on Rakija, I want to show another point of view when it comes to this brandy. This really proves the world of Rakija!

Nazdrave!

Lords of the Drinks

An Orthodox Christian icon of Saint Sava of Serbia. An Orthodox Christian icon of Saint Sava of Serbia.

This is a folktale from Serbia about the country’s national strong drink rakija. It reminds a bit of the legend of Gambrinus, which was told in Belgium and Holland, about the introduction of quality hoppy beer. In the Serbian tale the Devil appears again and introduces Saint Sava, an important prince and priest in Serbian medieval history, to rakija. This fruit-distilled liquor plays an important role in the Serbian culture, as many people make their own and it’s consumed at every possible occasion.

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