Palinka: the queen of all fruit brandies


You must have heard about this fiery spirit, called palinka. In the following article, you will learn about the history of palinka, how palinka is made and what the most popular palinka-fruits are. Let’s dive in the world of this divine spirit!

How palinka is made?

Pálinka is a fruit spirit – with protected designation of origin – produced in Hungary and four Austrian provinces. Today’s concept of pálinka was founded in the 2000s, following the protection of the origin of pálinka. From the 17th century onwards, the word Hungarian pálinka simply meant spirit, but the Hungarian “pálinkas” of the second half of the 20th century, – the pure, unflavoured Hungarian distillates – were mostly made from fruit, pomace or wine. However, the historical Hungarian “pálinka” included distillates made from grains like rye, wheat, corn, buckwheat, potatoes and even beets until they were replaced by fine spirits in the first half of the 20th century. Fruit brandy is made by fermenting fruit mash, or fruit marrow. Palinka, which is a distillate of fermented grape marc, is also usually classified as palinka – although legally it represents a separate category. Palinka, pomace palinka and certain local varieties are protected in the European Union.

What are the best fruits for making palinka?

The most popular brandy fruits are plums, pears, apples, apricots, cherries, cherries, grape marc or strawberries, but it can be made from any fruit grown in Hungary. Prior to the 20th century, fruit brandy was predominantly made from plums.

The multi-award winning Szicsek Palinka Distillery

Szicsek pálinkas are made with traditional technology, called the pot still method and strict professional precision. The processing of a wide range of cultivated and wild fruits and the wide range of packaging give the fruit brandy-loving audience the opportunity to discover their favorite flavors among the products of the multi-award winning Szicsek Palinka Distillery.

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