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The History of Budapest In Three Cups

In Budapest, there’s more to cheers than just wine and beer. In the city, three drinks reign supreme: palinka, unicum and soda water. These three staple beverages have a long, storied history in Hungary. Palinka, known as “firewater,” is not a drink for the faint of heart, boasting an alcohol content between 40 and 50 percent. Next up, the bitter tasting unicum is a concoction created using 40 different herbs as per a centuries-old family recipe. Finally, the stalwart soda water, now found in every bar, restaurant and café, is a vital part of Budapest’s history and culture. Grab a drink with us as we discover the secrets behind the spirits of Hungary.

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