Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the latest installment of our Thirsty Thursday blog. Sometime last year I wrote a blog about Serbian Slivovitz, in this article I talked about how you can find this drink across central and eastern Europe, but I focused on it’s Serbian version. Last week I attended a Casimir Pulaski day at a favorite bar in Chicago. Now many of your are probably thinking, who is Casimir Pulaski, and honestly my thoughts exactly. Well I attended Pulaski day, with my husband and sister in law (they have polish decedents) and indulged in pierogis and sausage and ordered my first Slivovitz drink.
I thought I would give you all a little history lesson on the celebration I attended and a review on this Polish beverage. So after a little research I found out that Casimir Pulaski was a soldier and military commander in Poland. He fought against the Russians during a Polish revolution in the 1700s, but lost and was exiled from his native land. One of his good friends, Benjamin Franklin, encouraged him to emigrate to America, where he used his military expertise to assist in the American Revolution. Pulaski not only saved the life of George Washington at one point, he is also know as the “Father of the American cavalry”. Some of you history buffs out there may have already known about him, but I had no idea. And I am happy to now say that I sampled a shot in his honor with the traditional Polish beverage– Slivovitz. As you will read in my last blog post on the topic, it is a plum brandy, and well that is exactly what it tastes like. It is clear, to my surprise, as I assumed as a brandy that it would be a darker shade. It was grain like in taste with a sweet finish from the plum. Overall not something I would drink on it’s own, but definitely something worth giving a shot (no pun intended). I also tried a Slivovitz cocktail which included beets and it was extremely good, reminded me of a whisky sour.
So if you ever come across this eastern European beverage I encourage you to give it a try. If you would like to try this drink in it’s native location, then it is time to give us a call!
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