By mixing red wine and milk one will get Bikla, a drink with a recognisable purple colour. Bikla is an alcoholic beverage known throughout Dalmatia, Dalmatian Zagora and the islands. To prepare Bikla you will need goat’s milk that is as fresh as possible, which is then mixed with fermented young red wine.
Bikla has been known since the second half of the 19th century, and it is believed that the Greeks also knew it as a refreshing drink. It was also used as refreshment in the areas around Mosor and Biokovo. On Brač it is called smutica or hmutica, on Hvar mućkalica, hmutnica or sumutva and it is affectionately known as “vine and goat”.
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