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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the Hungarian way of having fun and merry-making? We bet that our world-famous national drink, pálinka, is on the top list. It warms you with a special sensation you’ll never forget. Since the weather is getting warmer and warmer, we thought we’d share some pálinka cocktail recipes that can cool you down in the summer months 🙂

Pálinka is the most ancient beverage of our society and it is consumed in every part of the world, even though, the ingredients differ in countries. Such a diversity was created by the weather and the natural conditions.

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. For example, 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. There’s a Hungarian adjective which we use to describe how strong pálinka is:


It’s perfectly suitable for warming up your body in the winter, but you can also serve it as a cocktail, mixed with various ingredients. Pálinka is very special for Hungarians, this is why we like to put it into both sweat and sour meals, drink it traditionally as a shot, or make killer cocktails with it.

So for now, we collected some great cocktail recipes that are all based on different types of pálinka. Pálinka cocktails could be the new trend of the summer, because it is guaranteed that a night fuelled by cooling pálinka cocktails will be unforgettable.

Most of the recipes are from a blog called pálinkatona, but we also chose some recipes from

Crystal Cherry:

  • 4 cl of bedded sour cherry pálinka
  • the juice and pieces of 2 lemon slices/quarters
  • 6 sour cherries
  • ice


  • 4 cl of honeyed plum pálinka
  • half of a ripe plum (partly decoration)
  • half of a fresh apricot
  • the juice of three lemon slices/quarters
  • 2 bar spoons of apricot jam
  • plum juice
  • ice

Q & Bee:

  • 4 cl of quince pálinka
  • a bar spoon of sugar
  • the juice and pieces of 2-3 lemon slices/quarters
  • 5 cl of elderberry syrup
  • 8 cl of soda
  • ice

Kiwi Diablo:

  • 4 cl of honeyed grape pálinka
  • 1 sliced up kiwi
  • lime slices
  • ice
  • fill up the cup with Sprite


  • 4 cl of pear pálinka
  • 1 cl of Amaretto liquor
  • 1 cl of Martini Bianco
  • lime slices
  • fill up the cup with one part ginger ale and one part mineral water
  • ice

Árpád Limo:

  • 4 cl of apple pálinka
  • 1 bar spoon of sugar
  • the juice and pieces of 2 lemon slices/quarters
  • 4 cl of apple juice
  • 4 cl of soda
  • ice

Creamy Plum:

  • 4 cl of plum pálinka
  • 2 cl of cocoa liquor
  • 2 cl of heavy cream
  • pieces of dried plum
  • roasted almond slices
  • ice

Cherry & Orange:

  • 3 cl of gin
  • 5 cl of cherry pálinka
  • 1 tablespoon of rum
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • cherries (for decoration)

Madame Marmalade:

  • 4 cl of peach pálinka
  • 2 teaspoons of apricot jam
  • the juice of 2 lemon slices/quarters

Pálinka on the Beach:

  • 2 cl of peach pálinka
  • 10 cl of orange juice
  • 4 cl of cranberry juice
  • orange slices and maraschino cherry (for decoration)
  • ice

+ Morning Pálinka

(referring to a fun way of saying “Good morning!” in Hungarian: “Pálinkás jó reggelt!”~ “Pálinka good morning!”)

  • 5 dl milk
  • 5 dl heavy cream
  • 1 serving of espresso
  • 2 cl of plum pálinka
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon

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Source: Daily News Hungary

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