Perhaps the most well known brandy found on these tables at meal times, is the one that is made from plums: Šljivovica . That said, rakija isn’t limited to just this fruit, for apricots, pears, quince, apples, blueberries, raspberries and grapes – one popular type being Lozovaca – are other revered flavours.
This brings us on to Maginja. One of the most-liked versions of this, at times, quite potent tipple, is the full-bodied maginja, which is made from the bearberry, an evergreen shrub that is found to grow in abundance in the Mediterranean region and around the Luštica Peninsula, too. During the months of December and January, the hills of the Krtoli region are dotted with maginja trees, recognisable for their luscious berries, which come in an array of red, orange and yellow. It is from these small fruits, that the rakija , the equally beloved drink of both locals and visitors, is made.
For those wishing to try locally sourced and distilled maginja whilst visiting Montenegro, make sure to taste the rakija made by the family Moric from Tici village on the Luštica Peninsula. For all other types of this delightful and well-liked aperitif, get yourself invited to a Montenegrin dinner party some time soon!