Local Bites

A Guide to Drinks on a Croatia Sailing Tour

By MedSailors Crew
on  November 13, 2013

Besides the beaches and beautiful bays, there is a fantastic cultural scene to be discovered on a Croatia sailing holiday. Quite naturally, these social situations are often accompanied by an array of drinks – many of which are unique to the Croatia region.

In any kavana (cafe), kafic (cafe-bar) and club you come across on your Croatia sailing tour, you will find an array of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. As with many other European nations, beer (‘pivo’ in Croatian) is a typical choice, with a number of locally produced varieties to choose from and drunk either ‘malo’ (small) or ‘veliko’ (large).

Wine, too, is a popular choice and, with the Croatian wine (vino) industry booming, there are plenty of decent and affordable local brands worth trying. Many of the Croatian islands have their own unique wines, from the Posip and Rukatac wines of Korcula to the flowery Vugava of Vis.

One popular, yet slightly curious, habit of many Croatians is to mix their wine with soft drinks; this includes ‘bevanda’ (white or red wine with water), ‘gemist’ (white wine with sparkling water) and the rather more unusual ‘bambus’- red wine mixed with cola.

Local spirits, meanwhile, are largely defined by ‘rakija’ (brandy), a blanket term for all fruit-based alcohols in the country. If you are feeling adventurous you can investigate any of the flavoured rajikas on the market, from honey or walnut to herb. If not, travellers needn’t worry as most cafes and bars also stock the bigger international spirits brands that we are familiar with, so at the end of the day no one goes home unhappy!

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