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Introducing real Hungarian pálinka to the United States

What is Pálinka?

Pálinka is a traditional, strong fruit spirit with origins in Hungary. It was invented in the Middle Ages.

While completely new to the United States, pálinka has been produced in Hungary for about 700 years. It is made from fruits that grow in Hungary and is free of any additional ingredients. Pálinka is traditionally made from plums, cherries, grapes, pears, apples and peaches but can actually be made out of any kind of fruit that grows in Hungary.

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Can I Buy Pálinka On This Site?

With the launching of American Pálinka Club our aim is to create a trustworthy source in the United States for all things pálinka.

Our plan is to gradually extend our online store portfolio with the brands, types and flavors that our visitors most desire, based on feedback we receive through this platform. You can also leave your feedback here, and by doing so, you’ll be automatically entered in our giveaway of the month.

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How is Pálinka Made?

Making pálinka involves a double distillation process that results in an alcohol content of the final product between 37.5% and 86% ABV (Between 75 and 172 Proof), making this a very strong but tasty liquor.

Pálinka is a very unique and strong alcoholic beverage celebrated as one of Hungary’s favorite beverages. Making pálinka has become an art with many residents making it at home and drinking it as a way to begin or end a meal. However, the process for making commercial pálinka is practiced by qualified Master Distillers who understand the nuances of making the best quality fruit spirits.

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Map of palinka regions in Hungary

What is the country of Hungary?

Welcome to Pálinka Country

Hungary is a country in central Europe that spans almost 36,000 square miles. It has been inhabited by a succession of different cultural and ethnic groups including Celts, Romans, Germanic tribes, Huns, West Slavs and the Avars. There are currently approximately 10 million inhabitants living there. Hungary has a colorful history and reached the height of its cultural and political power in the 15th century. At the turn of the 18th century it joined Austria to form the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which at the time, was a major European power.

People drinking palinka in 19th century Hungary

Why is Pálinka only produced in Hungary?

Pálinka can only be manufactured in Hungary due, primarily, to legal reasons. Although this liquor was first invented in Hungary in the Middle Ages, only this century it was awarded Protected Domestic Origin by the European Union.

Would you like to See More Types of Pálinka in Our Online Shop?

You get to decide which pálinka varieties we will add to our e-shop. How? Just read on... With the launching of American Pálinka Club our aim is to create a trustworthy source in the United States for all things pálinka. Our plan is to gradually extend our online store portfolio with the brands, types and flavors that our visitors most desire, based on feedback we receive through this platform.
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Cocktail recipes

Can you make cocktails with pálinka?

Yes, you can. Pálinka cocktails are becoming more and more popular. And many modern distilleries are now creating great cocktail recipes using their own products.

Introduction

What is American Palinka Club?

Pálinka is an icon to Hungarian rural life with no social gathering being complete without it. We started American Palinka Club with the goal of creating a platform to help pálinka to be appreciated in the United States.

We sincerely believe pálinka to be one of the world’s most intriguing, expertly crafted liquors and want to dedicate sharing this unique spirit with the U.S. market. Beyond our respect for ancient tradition and craftsmanship, to those master distillers who have refined their products over centuries, we want to provide detailed information about the past, present and potential future of this unique spirit. Read more

Gary Varsanyi - Founder of American Palinka Club
Gary Varsanyi Founder American Palinka Club

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