A well-known traditional drink made through the distillation of mash in Vojvodina, Serbia.
In Stara Moravica, palinka making (schnapps) is a great tradition. Since the establishment of the village in 1786, local inhabitants have always planted fruit trees in their gardens. The late 1800s was the golden age of this activity, when more than 400 acres of land near the village were full of fruit trees and wine. In larger gardens, it was possible to store and handle mash and to distill palinka from it. Along the roads, lines of mulberry trees were planted. This delicious sweet fruit was shaken down and used for making palinka. The hillsides and surroundings of farms were covered by the elderly, which was used for making medicinal tea (from its blossom, makes for a refreshing drink while jam or palinka can be created from its berry). Plum is one of the most favored fruits and its palinka has always been a typical example when it came to talking about this specialty drink. “Hazai Kasas” and “Besztercei” have the highest alcohol level. Other sorts of fruit are also common when it comes to palinka-making.
Besides the most common fruits, palinka was even made from banana, orange, and pineapple. Vegetables and cereals (pepper, onion, tomato, broomcorn, maize) also contain sugar, so these were also used for this purpose during hard times, when there wasn’t enough fruit. As wine-making has also increased in popularity, grape is rarely used for making palinka. After pressing, what remains can be used for this purpose, and the drink’s name is “torkoly palinka”. Palinka–franciers usually choose apricot, quince or pear, are the most expensive drinks. In the last few years, cherry has also become more and more popular. Besides its commercial use, it is also used for palinka.
Palinka-making is very popular in this village. We can find brass distillers in almost every street. Laszlo Gulyas has been making palinka with the permission of the ministry for over 30 years. The process, according to the tradition, involves the double-distilling method. There are tree distillers for distilling mash, and two for finalizing the alcoholic drink. There ia a wide range of choices for more than ten sorts of fruits. They are bottled and decorated by Mr. Gulyas himself.