Žinčica (in Slovak) or Žinčice (in Czech), Żentyca (in Polish) is a drink made of sheep milk whey similar to kefir. It is a by-product in the process of making Bryndza cheese.
- Žinčica is fermented by the following Lactic acid bacteria: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides.
- Traditionally, this drink is served in a črpák, a wooden cup with some pastoral scene carved into the handle.
- Bryndzové halušky is typically served with žinčica.
- The origin of the word is the Romanian jîntiţa, the drink being carried by Vlach shepherds instead of water.