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Traditional Drinks of Eastern Europe

by EasternEuropeans.co.uk
Traditional Drinks of Eastern Europe

Palinka in Hungary. Nalewka in Poland. Tuica in Romania. Rakia in Bulgaria. These are just a sampling of the kinds of spirits favored among these countries. Eastern European countries take pride in their beer, wine and liquor. They like their liquor and they hold it well. All four of these countries offers something different in the liquor department and the selection in each is varied and extensive.

Drinks are pretty much present at any social function in Hungary. If you are a tourist and make nice with the locals, chances are they will be offering you a drink. That drink very well might be palinka. Palinka is the national liquor, a form of brandy and come in a variety of fruit flavors. It is about 60-70% alcohol and is usually served as a shot. Another drink that Hungary is identified with is Unicum. It has a similar look and taste to Jaegermeister, and is usually served before and after meals. Hungary produces some nice red wines, and ones from Villany are considered best. Tokaji wines are also considered good and are just as well known.

polish nalewkaPoland is known very well in europe as one of the main producers of vodka. But they also have a national specialty drink called Nalewka, made from fruits, herbs and spices, that you probably haven't heard of. Nalewka is then macerated in vodka and aged for three years. Podpiwek is a made only in Poland. It's produced similarly to beer and has a sweet taste to it. Poland, traditionally, likes their vodka. Among the huge variations, they have a few favorites. Goldwasser, named for the gold flakes floating in the bottle, Starka, which gets its flavors from apple-tree leaves and lime-tree flowers and Zubrowka, which is derived from bison grass. Poland exports premium vodkas all over the world with Chopin and Belvedere being the most recognized.

Romania has a national drink called Tuica, which is traditionally served before every meal alongside tomatoes and telemea cheese. Tuica is made from plums and is usually very strong, and it mostly served as a shot. It is present at most social gatherings-weddings, wakes, baptisms, religious holidays, and family reunions. Many people think palinca, another locally produced liquor, is the same thing as tuica, and it is similarly made but it is made from different kinds of fruits rather than just plums. Most people in Romania produce both of these liquors at home and use it for personal consumption or they sell it.

Bulgaria is another country that favours their alcohol at any time, for any occassion. Rakia is Bulgarian brandy and is often quite strong. It comes in peach and plum varieties but grape is most common. Some use it in traditional medicine, as it is said to cure everything from cancers to stomach flus to hangovers. Mastika is another popular spirit in Bulgaria and is usually mixed with Menta, a mint liquor, to make a drink called cloud, which is usually used to make toasts at weddings. Bulgaria is one of the world's major wine producers and exporters, with wines being from Preslav and Novi Pazar regarded as the best.

There are countless more Eastern European countries, with their own national liquors and their own tried and true traditions. Alcohol is used as a means for socializing and toasting special occassions mostly, although some regard liquor as a cure-all for everything from everyday ailments to terminal illness. These traditions date back centuries and are still prevolant in today's culture. If traveling to one of these countries, make sure to drop by a local pub and test one of the locally produced drinks mentioned. It will certainly be like nothing you've ever tasted before.



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