Although Croatia is known for its stunning beauty, breathtaking views, sunsets and beaches, this small country on the Adriatic coast also offers a diverse range of domestic traditional drinks.

Some of you may already know about the hearth warming drinks, but for those new here, let us introduce the drinks from our past but also some new ones that have taken a place in the world.

Rakija: The Soul-Warming Elixir

Rakija, often referred to as "Croatian moonshine," holds a special place in Croatian culture. This strong fruit brandy is made from various fruits such as grapes, plums, and cherries. The production of rakija is a time-honored craft passed down through generations. Each family often has its own closely-guarded recipe and technique for making this spirit.

Rakija is deeply ingrained in Croatian social life, used to celebrate various occasions, from weddings to religious festivals. It's also considered a digestive aid and is often enjoyed after a hearty meal. The ritual of sharing rakija symbolizes hospitality and friendship, making it an essential part of any Croatian gathering.

Grappa - Lozovača : The Essence of Terroir

Similar to rakija but distinct in its production method and flavor profile, Croatian grappa is a unique brandy that showcases the country's diverse terroir. This grape-based spirit is crafted by distilling the leftover pomace—skins, seeds, and stems—after the wine-making process. The result is a fiery and aromatic drink that captures the essence of the grapes used.

Each region of Croatia boasts its own version of grappa, each reflecting the local grape varieties and growing conditions. Whether you're sipping Istrian grappa with its herbal undertones or Dalmatian grappa with its fruity notes, you're taking a journey through Croatia's vineyards with every sip.

Maraschino Liqueur: Zadar's Jewel

Hailing from the coastal city of Zadar, Maraschino is a cherry liqueur that encapsulates the flavors of the Mediterranean. Made from marasca cherries, this liqueur has a sweet and slightly bitter taste, imparting a complex yet delicate profile. The production of Maraschino involves distilling the cherries along with their pits, which adds a unique almond-like note to the liqueur.

Originally crafted in monasteries and enjoyed by European nobility, Maraschino has evolved into a symbol of Croatian craftsmanship and sophistication. The production process requires meticulous attention to detail, and the resulting liqueur is a testament to the country's dedication to preserving its heritage.


Pelinkovac is a bitter liqueur based on wormwood, it has a very bitter tasteWith its unique blend of bitter and herbal flavors, this iconic drink has woven itself into the cultural fabric of Croatia. As an embodiment of both tradition and innovation, Pelinkovac offers a taste of Croatia's historical roots and the artistry of its contemporary craft.

Badel Pelinkovac was the first Croatian drink to be enjoyed in the court of Napoleon III of France.

Teranino – a modern liquor

Teranino is a unique liqueur made from Teran, a red wine produced on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. The rich fruity flavors of the Teran wine are highlighted with warm spices and crisp berry notes. This sweet liqueur can be enjoyed straight, chilled, over ice or mixed in a variety of cocktails. Teranino stands as a testament to the creativity and dedication of Istrian winemakers.

Our recommendation would definitely be that the Aura Teranino has been awarded by some of the most respectable wine quality competitions in the world being considered better than gold by all judges during the prestigious Global Luxury Masters.

It's also a great souvenir to take back home to sip it throughout the year while it takes you back to your unforgettable vacation in Croatia.