If you haven’t heard of rakija before – it’s reminiscent of how mezcal was an obscure spirit in the US and then took off in bars across the country within a short time. Rakija is a spirit that is generally unknown in the US, yet popular in the Balkans. It may just be the next big thing because it’s so unique, as well as delicious and true to its roots & tradition, made from hyper-local ingredients from its native country of Serbia.
Yebiga partnered with acclaimed mixologist Naren Young to curate signature cocktails that feature Yebiga’s two rakijas – PRVA and BELA. Download Naren Young’s Cocktails here. While Yebiga is traditionally served neat, the brand is on a mission to help the US consumer understand the spirit and discover how special it really is. These signature Yebiga cocktails feature the rakija beautifully, showcasing what the product is all about and how it can be approachably mixed by any at-home imbiber. Not only that, but Rakija does have a different taste profile than many spirits out there, and mixing it in cocktails adds a unique signature to any drink.
Note: GSN was sent a bottle of BELA for review.
GSN’s Remarks: A true fruit brandy in that there is nothing but the distilled expression in the bottle. The plum flavor carries through with a light stonefruit sweetness. Slightly musky, somewhat dark and with a semi-creamy mouthfeel, this is a spirit begging to be utilized in a cocktail. Although, we did enjoy it neat as an after dinner aperitif. Well crafted, smooth and full of terroir, we recommend adding Yebiga to your back bar. GSN Rating: A
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