A Palinka Perfect Pear

Every nation has its own national spirit: Greeks prefer ouzo, Scots prefer Whisky, in Mexico people prefer tequila and in Hungary people drink Pálinka.

Pálinka is a national drink of Hungary but recently it has gained popularity all around the world.

The reason why many people love palinka is simple: it is a unique, strong and fruity spirit.

According to a blog at Szicsek Palinka as the drink became more widely known, it acquired new and funny nicknames like Mother’s milk, Witch’s fart, Little Fury, Fence rending, Neck oil, Monkey’s milk and Eye-water. Some of the most well-known Pálinkas are made from plum, pear, apple, cherry and apricot fruit.

The alcohol percentage is between 35 % and 50 % but there are palinkas that are stronger than 50 %.

Pálinka has a significant, aromatic fragrance and fruity taste that most people drink neat but interestingly, Pálinka can be perfectly combined with other drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike – to make delicious cocktails as well.

The tastiest kinds of Pálinka are said to be made in the Carpathian Basin, as there the drinks are made of fruit, and therefore are uniquely luscious.

The climate of the Great Hungarian Plains is exceptionally suitable for fruit production, especially apricots, plums, cherries, strawberries and pears. Good homemade pálinka is so strong that it actually kills bacteria.


Palinka Liqueur


This is a fruity, citrusy, sweet-tart cocktail that tastes like fresh pears. It’s a lovely and elegant drink for fall happy hours and gatherings. I like using Palinka but you can use almost any other Pear Brandy.

The Recipe

What you need

2 ounces Palinka pear brandy
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup

What you do

Chill a coupe glas
s in the freezer
Pour enough sugar onto a saucer so that you can “rim” the glass.
Add all ingredients to the Cocktail Shaker and fill with ice.


Remove the coupe glass and dip half the rim into a saucer of sugar.
Strain the cocktail into the half sugar-rimmed coupe glass.

Serve immediately.

Garnish: none
Serve: Coupe
Style: Sipper Digestif
Taste: Sweet/tart fruit

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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