Drink globally – 45th Edition

Shots and salad, everyone! In Italy, you may know it as grappa, but Bulgaria’s version of the drink is called rakia, a strong brandy made from grapes or other fruit. At Magura (305 Vegas Valley Drive, 693-6990), you can get a glass of this clear, distilled wine served in true Bulgarian style — with a plate of shopska salad, made of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions smothered in creamy Bulgarian feta (indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call the dish “Death by Feta.”) If you want a glass of rakia that’ll bend your teeth, try the Peshterska Muscat ($4. 50), which has a spicy foretaste and a round finish that lingers at the back of your palate so subtly it’s like your tongue is dreaming of a grape arbor. Imagine a distant European cousin to a fine sipping tequila. Not your thing? Fret not, drunk-trekker. Magura sells several Bulgarian beers as well, from the pert-sounding Kamenitza to the fearsome Zagorka. Don’t let that death-metal name put you off, though: It’s a popular, mild lager with a 5 percent alcohol content.
By lasvegascitylife.com

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