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Imperia from Krusevac, Serbia
Serbian Sljivovica, Stara Sokolova
Zuta Osa "Yellow Wasp"
Croatian Sljivovica and Slovenian Slivovka, two different names for the same drink
Croatian Sljivovica and Slovenian Slivovka, two different names for the same drink
Various bottles of Slivovitz
Various bottles of Slivovitz

Slivovitz (Serbian: Шљивовица, Romanized: Šljivovica) is a strong, colourless alcoholic beverage primarily made of distilled fermented plum juice though, similar to Irish poteen, it is often home-distilled out of a variety of source materials, up to and including grass and other organic material. It is similar to brandy and sometimes called plum brandy in English and is one of the drinks known in the Balkans as rakia. The alcohol content can vary from 25-70% by volume, but most store-bought varieties are 40–45%. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1014x1508, 155 KB) Summary Croatian Sljivovica and Slovenian Slivovka, two names for the same drink. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1014x1508, 155 KB) Summary Croatian Sljivovica and Slovenian Slivovka, two names for the same drink. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 966 KB) Summary Five different bottles of slivovitz Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Slivovitz ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 966 KB) Summary Five different bottles of slivovitz Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Slivovitz ... ... A romanization or latinization is a system for representing a word or language with the Roman (Latin) alphabet, where the original word or language used a different writing system. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage (also known as booze in slang term) is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ... Distillation is a means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points. ... For other uses, see Fermentation. ... Species See text. ... Poitin is an Irish whisky- (IPA , anglicized as poteen or potcheen) or formerly potheen (IPA but in Ireland ). The term is a diminutive of the word pota a pot; Poitin was traditionally distilled in a small pot. ... For other uses, see Brandy (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A traditional bottle of slivovitz, plum rakia Croatian Sljivovica and Slovenian Slivovka, two different names for the same drink, a plum rakia Rakia or Rakija (Bulgarian: , Croatian and Bosnian (rakija), Albanian: , Macedonian and Serbian: , Slovenian: , Romanian: ) is hard liquor similar to brandy, made by distillation of fermented fruits, popular throughout... Grain alcohol redirects here. ...


It is the national drink of Serbia and made in most of the Slavic Balkan states, where about 70% of plum production (average 424,300 tonnes per year (FAO 1991–2001) goes into slivovitz. Export producers in Serbia such as Imperia, STEFAN NEMANJA Flores and Stara Sokolova generally age their sljivovica between 5 - 12 years in oak barrels. In the Falcon Region of Serbia, the tradition of growing and processing plums always had the highest priority. Plums are eaten fresh, dried for the winter and used for making jam but 80% of the plum crops are used for producing sljivovica. Today, the drink is viewed with great pride by the household producer whereas in the past it was also the basis of economic wealth. At a time when money was not reliable and banks were either in trouble or non existent, sljivovica was a means for a people to save for the future. A well aged sljivovica would increase in quality and value. Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ... Possible meanings: Faro Airport (Portugal) Federation of Astrobiology Organizations Financial Aid Office Food and Agriculture Organization This page expands a three-character combination which might be any or all of: an abbreviation, an acronym, an initialism, a word in English, or a word in another language. ...


Slivovitz is a traditional digestif for Ashkenazi Jews in Eastern Europe; since it is made from plums and (unlike many distilled liquors) does not involve fermenting grain, it is considered kosher for passover. French: Something, exp. ... Ashkenazi Jews, also known as Ashkenazic Jews or Ashkenazim (אַשְׁכֲּנָזִי אַשְׁכֲּנָזִים Standard Hebrew, Aškanazi,Aškanazim, Tiberian Hebrew, ʾAškănāzî, ʾAškănāzîm, pronounced sing. ... Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium orange),members of the Warsaw pact (light orange), and other former Communist regimes not aligned with Moscow (lightest orange). ... The circled U indicates that this can of tuna is certified kosher by the Union of Orthodox Congregations. ... This article is about the Jewish holiday. ...


Rakia is supposed to be drunk from special small glasses (0.3 to 0.5 dl). It is often drunk warm, sometimes even heated (sugar is caramelized in a pan before the rakia is added) for better effect.

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Names

The name Slivovitz derives from the Slavic word for a plum, šljiva or sliva. In Serbian, it is шљивовица/šljivovica; in Bulgarian, сливова (slivova) or сливовица (slivovica); in Slovenian, slivovka; in Croatian, šljivovica; in Bosnian, šljivovica or šljiva; in Macedonian, сливовица (slivovica) or сливова ракија (slivova rakija); in Polish, śliwowica (/ɕli.vɔ.'vi.tsa/); in Romanian, şliboviţă; in Slovak, slivovica ; in Czech: slivovice.  Countries where a West Slavic language is the national language  Countries where an East Slavic language is the national language  Countries where a South Slavic language is the national language The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup... Serbian (; ) is one of the standard versions of the Shtokavian dialect, used primarily in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and by Serbs in the Serbian diaspora. ...


Distilling process

In the manufacturing process, the plums and a liberal proportion of the ground kernels are first crushed and pressed, then starch and sugar are added to the juice and the mixture is allowed to ferment. Distillation gives the crude product, and clarifying processes complete the liqueur, but aging is required to develop its finer qualities. Its pleasing flavor is due largely to the plum kernels, which contain a considerable percentage of amygdalin, the characteristic component of bitter almonds. Starch (CAS# 9005-25-8, chemical formula (C6H10O5)n,[1]) is a mixture of amylose and amylopectin (usually in 20:80 or 30:70 ratios). ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely traded commodity. ... Chemical structure of Amygdalin Amygdalin (from Greek: , almond), C20H27NO11, is a glycoside isolated from bitter almonds by H. E. Robiquet and A. F. Boutron-Charlard in 1830, and subsequently investigated by Liebig and Wöhler, and others. ... Apricot kernels are, like most nuts and seeds, very nutritious. ...


Slivovitz, like some of the other rakias, is kept in wooden barrels (oak or mulberry) for an extra aroma and the colour (golden brownish). Commercial distillers may use oak chips, toasted oak chips, or mulberry chips when aging slivovitz in glass or stainless steel tanks for flavor or coloring. Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (from Latin oak tree), and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ... For other uses, see Mulberry (disambiguation). ...


The Slivovitz Festival sorts slivovitz into 3 major classes: aged in wood, aged in glass, and sweet. Sweet slivovitz is the result of maceration of fruit in the slivovitz after distillation. Plum Brandy is a variant of slivovitz produced by removing the plum pits prior to fermentation. This results in a loss of the characteristic 'pit bite' - the astringency contributed by the kernels - and a relatively blander product. Cabernet Sauvignon must interacting with the skins during fermentation to add color, tannins and flavor to the wine. ...


Imitation Slivovitz is made by flavoring spirits with prune juice and artificial oil of bitter almonds.


Designation of origin

Following the claims of several nations to the protected designation of origin, in October 2007 the European Union went for a compromise solution, leaving "slivovitz" as a generic name, and granting individual nations the right to protect the origin with their own adjective.[1] Thus, "Serbian Slivovitz" (Srpska šljivovica) will become Serbia's first certified national brand.[2] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Protected geographical indications in the European Union. ... In biological nomenclature, a generic name or the name of a genus (sometimes genus name) is the name of a genus. ...


References

  1. ^ Problemi oko izvoza šljivovice (Serbian). B92 (2007-10-01). Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  2. ^ Slivovitz becomes Serbia’s first brand. B92 (2007-01-1). Retrieved on 2007-10-11.

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