Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Hungarian Cure-All
Pálinka is the medicinal liquor of Hungary. Many Central and Eastern European countries have their own versions. In Hungary pálinka is distilled from fruit, mostly plums. It tastes a lot better than American whiskey, but still burns on the way down.
I've been battling a head cold this week. No surprise in December. As I stupidly went to work each day, my Hungarian co-workers all had the same advice for me... You need some pálinka. Being that a recent guest gave us a nice bottle of home-brewed pálinka from her mother, my sweet husband set about giving me my dose of Hungarian medicine each night this week.
Pálinka mixed with hot water and cloves does make a person feel better. It may not be a cure, but it sure helps me sleep and alleviate some of that sinus pressure. The cold hasn't gone away, but my Hungarian co-workers are right... a shot of Pálinka is good medicine. Egészségedre!