The most popular alcoholic drink of Christmas holidays is the Pálinka. Of course the Hungarians don’t only drink just at Christmas time. 🙂
Pálinka is a traditional fruit brandy in Central Europe with origins from the Carpathian Basin, known under several names, and invented in the Middle Ages. Protected as a geographical indication of the European Union, only fruit spirits mashed, distilled, matured and bottled, and similar apricot spirits from four provinces of Hungarycan be called “pálinka“, while “Tótpálinka” refers to wheat derived beverages. Törkölypálinka, a different product in the legal sense, is a similarly protected pomacebrandy that is commonly included with pálinka. While pálinka may be made of any locally grown fruit, the most common ones are plums, apricots, apples, pears, and cherries.
If you travel to Budapest don’t miss it.