How do Hungarians most commonly consume Palinka?

There is no strict rule or tradition when to drink it however as Hungarian cuisine tends to be on the heavy side it’s good to have a shot (…or two) prior to a meal…and then close the meal off with another one (…or two). It’s not compulsory to drink it in one go…. said no Hungarian ever!

How do you drink Hungarian pálinka?

The best way to drink good pálinka is to sip it slowly in order to really taste it. It is best to use a tulip-shaped glass so that the different tastes all come forward. Pálinka is best served at 16-17 degrees Celsius because if it is too cold, we cannot taste or smell it well enough.

What do you eat with pálinka?

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Just serve the same fruit the pálinka is made of. When eating plum cream soup, offer some plum pálinka. To apricot strudel, have a shot of apricot pálinka. To something different, like wild animal meat with mushrooms, pálinka made of sloe is best.

Do you shot pálinka?

It is typically served straight-up in a shot glass and consumed as fast as possible, though everyone has their own drinking preferences. Be warned that palinka can be very strong—from 40% to 90% alcohol—so drink responsibly and be careful about how much you consume.

What is the most popular alcoholic drink in Hungary?

brandy pálinka

The inky, amber-tinted liquid inside is called Unicum, and with roots that delve back to the late 18th century, it’s one of the most revered national drinks in Hungary. Like that other boozy Hungarian favorite, the fruit brandy pálinka, Unicum is largely savored as an aperitif or a digestif in shot form.

How strong is pálinka?

between 37% and 86%

Pálinka is strong, with an alcohol content between 37% and 86%. Authentic pálinka should allow the fruit to stand on its own merit without the addition of sugars, flavors, or coloring.

Is pálinka a brandy?

Pálinka is a traditional fruit spirit (or fruit brandy) in Eastern and Central Europe with origins in Hungary, more exactly known under several names, and invented in the Middle Ages.

Does pálinka expire?

As has been said above palinka does not really deteriorate with age, although it should not be kept in plastic bottles, and the fruit will be preserved by the alcohol.

What does pálinka taste like?

To the gentle palate of a white wine drinker, palinka tastes sort of like a slap in the face — rubbing alcohol with a hint of apricot, plum or whatever fruit it was made out of. Given that it is often half-pure alcohol — or more — it is probably best consumed far from an open flame.