The name rakija comes from the Turkish word rakı, which means ‘brandy’. But rakija could also come from the Arabic word raqiya, which means ‘to condense’. The earliest records of rakija distillation in the Balkan Peninsula date back to the medieval period, while the drink became even more widespread during the Ottoman Empire
Read the story at our bar, the BarBalkans, in the newsletter S3E19. What you have to know about the word ‘Balkans’.