Hello everyone and welcome to our Thirsty Thursday blog. Today we are taking you on a journey throughout central and easter Europe to learn about a plum brandy known as Slivovitz. Let’s get started!
Slivovitzs is a fruit brandy made from damson plums. It is produced throughout central and eastern Europe in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria. The word Slivovitz comes from the Slavic word for plum, which is fitting becuase like I said above it is made using damson plums. It is produced both commercially and in homemade versions. And it’s origins are rooted in countries that were formally part of Yugoslavia.
Although you can find this drink widely throughout central and eastern Europe we are going to focus on it’s Serbian form today. Slivovitz or Slivovica, as it is known in Serbia, is the country’s national drink. And quite fittingly plums are the national fruit of Serbia so it makes sense. Production and consumption of Slivovitz is part of age old tradtions throughout the country. Meals in Serbia generally begin and end with a plum product. Slivovitz is an apertif so often times the drink will be served at the start of a meal. The plum brandy is also used at celebrations of rites of passages. You will defintely find it at births, baptisms, marriages and even funerals. Aside from it’s tradition in cultural events, Slivovitz can also be found in a variety of folk remedies dating back hundreds of years. Serbia is the largest experoter of Slivovitz in the world and the second largest exporter of plums. Slivovica is generally drank driectly from the leather wrapped bottle or served in a chilled shot glass.
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