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Georgian Chacha listed among ‘The Best Warming Winter Drinks’ by The Guardian

By Mariam Chanishvili
Friday, January 4
The Guardian published a list of the best warming winter drinks around the world, which includes Georgian Chacha.

The article lists the variety of drinks, including Mulled Cider, Cola de Mono, Jagertee and others.

“Chacha is both the Georgian word for grape pomace and its distilled byproduct (pomace brandy), although it is used loosely to refer to any homemade spirit. We are witnessing a renaissance of smoother craft chachas and brandies, which are now served in Tbilisi’s finest restaurants,” reads the article by The Guardian.

The article also mentions ‘Chacha Time’, a bar in Tbilisi dedicated solely to chacha and fruit brandies.

Chacha is a Georgian pomace brandy, a clear and strong, which is sometimes called "vine vodka", "grape vodka", or "Georgian vodka/grappa". It is mostly made of grape pomace. The term chacha is used in Georgia to refer to grape distillate. It may be also produced from unripe or wild grapes.

Apart from grape pomace, locals make Chacha out of many other fruits, such as figs, pears, tangerines, peaches, and even honey.

To most Georgians, Chacha is an important part of celebrations and feasts and this is why the majority of the families in villages of different parts of Georgia prepare their own homemade Chacha.

Many Georgians claim that Chacha is a remedy for a number of ailments including ear blockages and indigestion.

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