At the end of VI and beginning
of VII century, Singidunum (nowadays Belgrade) was
inhabited by a tribe of Slavs – Serbs.
They brought their customs
with them – men made brandy, usually from plums and women
made liqueurs and preserves.
Women made liqueurs from
collected ripe fruit put in a large bowl and covered with
a coat of sugar and a coat of cracked drupes (if they
collected stone fruit), which was again covered with a
layer of fruit, sugar and drupes all the way to the top of
the bowl and finally, a brandy, usually made of fruit, was
Bowls were then wrapped in
clean handmade cloth and left to ferment in sun for three
After three weeks, the
contents of every bowl was filtered through a clean cloth
and returned to the bowls which were then carefully sealed
and held in a cold place
And while throughout Serbia
the raspberry fields kept springing up, secret of
raspberry liqueur was entrusted from a mother to daughter.
is served slightly chilled or combined with ice and a
slice of lemon .