@aaaaa as I said “those were just drunk experiments”, sin committed in state of ignorance. People who drink rakija for rakija itself, drink it pure, strong and cold. But rakija shouldn’t make your tongue numb, no matter how strong, it should burn deep inside your body. I’ve heard Bulgarians like it with salad, people here find it strange. Here it’s drunk with some dry meat products, alone or as aperitif.