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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 174:8) states (my translation): ואם התחיל לשתות או לאכול בתוך הסעודה, וממשיך לשתות או לאכול הדבר אחרי ברכת המזון, צריך לברך. And if one started drinking or eating during a meal and continues drinking or eating the item after Birkat HaMazon, one must make a blessing.


This is discussed in the Sefer ליקוטי שושנים on page 13. Essentially he answers: Since we bless Hashem during the Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals), there's no need to first bless Him before doing the Mitzva. There's no need to make a Bracha on a Bracha, since the point of making the Bracha is taken care of as we say the actual Bracha. Similarly we ...

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