Plum brandy or
Slivovitz is a Serbian national drink, one of the
best and most exquisite
ever, which has been winning the hearts and souls of
connoisseurs and laymen with its quality for centuries.
The plum brandy
or Slivovitz, also known as Mučenica,
was produced as early as 7th or 8th
century from the selected types of plumes Prunus Domestica,
autochtonous plum cultivars Crvena Ranka and
Požegača, which was brought to this area from
Turkmenistan by Slavs.
In regions where plums
thrived, every house made its own plum brandy and every
house had its own secret recipe. That is why the
brandy was named after the person who brought it –
Mihajlo's, Nikola's, Milorad's, Stojan's... Plum brandy
has a very special place in Serbian customs and folklore.
Even old coaches had a special place for holding bottles
of Slivovitz. The poetry of
its existence starts with collecting ripe plums and ends
with maturing in oak barrels.
This plum brandy is best
consumed and appreciated as aperitif in afternoon hours or
even better, evenings although many consume it for
strength and good mood in the morning on empty stomach.