Hungarian-language name for a fruit fire; from the Slovak verb páliť (cook, boil = distill ). The name Pálinka appears for the first time in the 16th century. From about this time, spirits are consumed as a drink. Today this is one origin protected Name for a fruit brandy, which must be 100% made from Hungarian fruit, bottled in Hungary and one alcohol content of more than 37.5%.
Since 2004 have only Hungary and the four Austrian states Burgenland. Lower Austria. Styria and Wien the right to designate the corresponding products as pálinka. In contrast to Hungary, however, the name Barackpálinka may only be used in Austria for apricot brandy.
In Hungary, depending on the type of fruit used, there are different names, such as Almapálinka (from apples), Barackpálinka (apricots), Cseresznyepálinka (cherries), Körtepálinka (pears), Szilvapálinka (plums or plums), Törkölypálinka ( rape ) and Vegyespálinka (different types of fruit). See also a complete list of high percentage alcoholic beverages under the keyword spirits,