Slivovitz or Sliwowitz is a distilled beverage made from Damson
plums. It is frequently called plum brandy, and in the Balkans is part of the
category of drinks called
The word Slivovitz derives from the Serbo-Croatian (Slavic) "šljivovica"
from "šljiva"- plum.
bottles of Slivovitz.
Slivovitz is primarily produced in Slavic regions of Central and Eastern Europe,
both commercially as well as by many households on an informal, homemade basis.
Primary producing nations include Serbia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia,
Slovakia, Bosnia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and North-East
Italy. It is most popularly consumed in those nations, as well as wherever
communities of expatriate from these nations exist. Similar plum brandies are
also produced in Switzerland, France, the United States, and Canada, but
marketed under other names, such as brandy, Pflümli, or eau de vie.
In the manufacturing process, the plums and a liberal proportion of the ground
kernels are first crushed and pressed, then starch and sugar may be 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.
The Serbian šljivovica (Шљивовица) of which the English rendering
"Slivovitz" also originates from, is the national drink of Serbia and the ethnic
Serbs. The Sljivovica has been produced in Serbian Orthodox monasteries for
The Manastirka from Propkuplje uses fresh ripened organic nature plums,
grown only in Prokuplje, that are crushed and allowed to ferment. The mash is
twice-distilled and aged in oak barrel casks. Hand selected fresh plums are then
added to yield more of the fruit taste. After being aged for at least 10 years
Manastirka Sljivovica gets a golden-yellow color and a unique aroma specific for
the plums of this region.
Serbian Slivovitz is consumed chilled in a special shot glass of 0.3 to 0.5 dl.