BUDAPEST IS HISTORIC Tour
Well, there is always a reason excluding tradition. As I remember from my childhood my great grandfather always started the day with a shot. The poor man's cafe mostly common among the country people to just have a shot at the start of their day. They emphasised the health benefits, when they had one on an empty stomach. They finished the morning errands, had a wholesome breakfast and went to work. When I grew older and went out with friends I started to drink it as well. Now 45% of the 18-39 year old range drinks palinka occasionally. The lovers of this drink enjoy this because of a great crowd and good atmosphere. It is the quintessential drink to have during family gatherings. We gave this as a remedy for all foreign visitors. Beyond it’s special fruity aroma they state that it has health benefits in small amounts as it cures tooth, stomach aches and sore throats. Today the palinka is starting to gain popularity among the younger generations as well.
All 20 century palinkas are clean, fruit based drinks with fermentation with no added flavors. The historic version was made from wheat, corn, potato, beetroot, sweet roots, peas before the fine distillation processes of the 20th century. The historic drink resembled moonshine to a certain extent. The palinka is a traditional hungarian distilled fruit, it is licensed by the EU and only Hungarians and 4 Austrian regions can use it as “Palinka”. The Italian version of this drink roughly would be grappa.
The most common raw material is plum, pear, apple, peach, cherry, grape and strawberry, but any fruit produced in Hungary could be made into palinka. In the old days plum was the most common. My favourite is the cherry. After drinking a good shot you don’t have a hangover next day, you have a clean head and stomach. If you want to have maximum enjoyment and experience it’s special taste you have to take your time and drink it slowly. It is almost a must to have palinka tastes during any Hungarian festivity.
Festivals organised all around the country. Almost every weekend we can easily fine a festival in Budapest too. I love these festivals for multiple reasons. Most noble palinkas, lovely foods, amazing sausage selections and spot on live music entertains every visitor. The foreigners are really open to local foods and drinks form my experience. A lot of different companies make this spirit so the selection is endless, so let’s try some out together before a lovely meal in a famous hungarian festival.