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This Tresterbrand from the island Cyprus is since 2004 origin protected and is considered a national drink. It dates from the 14th century, when the island was under Venetian rule. The grape pomace is made with high quality dry wines from the local grape varieties Mavro (Red and Xynisteri (white) mixed and distilled. The distillation takes place in a big cauldron (Kazani). After that he has to mature for a long time. The colorless drink with mostly 45% vol alcohol content has a light one raisin flavor, But there is also a red Zivania, which gets its color from the addition of cinnamon. In Cyprus, the schnapps is especially in the mountain villages as a panacea for the treatment and disinfection of wounds, to massage aching body parts, to relieve toothache or simply to warm up in cold seasons.

Zivania - bottle

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