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Pelinkovac is a bitter liqueur based on wormwood (Croatian: pelin or pelen), popular in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as in Slovenia, where it is known as pelinkovec or pelinovec. The alcohol content is 28%-35% by volume. It has a very bitter taste, resembling that of Jägermeister.
The most popular brands in Croatia are the Pelinkovac made by Dalmacijavino (Split, Croatia), Maraska Pelinkovac made by Maraska Distillery (Zadar, Croatia), "Rovinjski Pelinkovac", made by Darna Distillery (Rovinj, Croatia) and the Badel Pelinkovac, made by the Badel Distillery (Zagreb, Croatia). The Badels' pelinkovac is closer to the taste of Jägermeister, but a little sweeter and less bitter. The Maraskas' pelinkovac is very popular in Croatia just as Dalmacijavinos' Pelinkovac which is also being exported throughout the region. Alcohol volume in Maraska and Badel pelinkovac is 28% while alcohol volume in Dalmacijavino Pelinkovac is 32%.
In the Republika Srpska Entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the company MB Impex, from Banja Luka, has produced Zlatni Pelin since 2006. Zlatni Pelin contains 23 herbs, and has a 28% alcohol content. Each bottle also contains a sprig of wormwood, which gives additional flavour.
In Serbia, the most popular brand of pelinkovac is Gorki List, which was made until 2009 by the state-owned company Suboticanka - from Subotica, in the province of Vojvodina. Since 2009, when Suboticanka went into bankruptcy, the production and bottling of this brand has been moved to Slovenia. Currently the brand is the property of the Slovenian company Grenki List.
Similar drinks of other countries
There is also a Romanian cuisine drink called vin pelin (wormwood wine), consisting mainly of bittered wine.