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Žinčica

Žinčica sheep milkŽinčica is a traditional Slovak product from sheep milk. The best kind is called Urda, it is denser than normal salty or sour žinčica. Especially in the summer it is a nice refreshing drink.

Kofola

Kofola is soft drink similar to Coca-Cola or Pepsi. It has been produced in Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1960s. Kofola is one of the most favorite soft drinks in Slovakia. There were nearly 20 million liters sold in 2004. With sells like that Kofola became the third most marketed soft drink on the Slovakian market.

The main ingredient of Kofola is Kofo syrup that consists of 14 natural ingredients (extracts from cherry, apple, currant, etc.), caramel and sugar. It contains less sugar than Coca-Cola or Pepsi and a bit more caffeine.

New types of Kofola were introduced in the last few years: Kofola Lemon, Kofola Sugar Free, and Cherry Flavoured Kofola.

Vinea

Vinea is grape-based carbonated soft drink. It was invented in 1973 by biochemist Ján Farkaš who was working for the Research Institute for Viticulture and Wine-making in Bratislava, Slovakia. Its production began in 1974.


Traditional Slovak Spirits

Slivovica, borovička and demänovka are typical Slovak aperitifs.

Slivovica

SlivovicaSlivovica is a spirit made from ripe plums by fermentation, distillation and treatment of water. Slivovica is a classic noble spirit, which is produced by complex procedure with different results. It has a strong fruity aroma and taste with a bouquet of pits.

Borovička

BorovičkaBorovička is an alcoholic spirit, the Slovak national drink. It belongs to a group of fruit spirits; it has the refreshing effects with strong support for metabolism. It has a typical taste and aroma of juniper.

Demänovka

DemänovkaDemänovka is a herbal liqueur with sweet, delicate honey aromatic taste. This beverage is produced in two types, Demänovka herbal liqueur Demänovka 33% and Demänovka herbal bitter 38%. Liqueur is made from 14 kinds of herbs, honey and water from Tatras.


Slovak Beers

Production of beer in Slovakia has been known since the early Middle Ages. Some experts even believe that the word “beer” has an old Slavic origin. Currently, you can taste more than 60 different brands of beer production of Slovak breweries.

Slovak beers are generally Bohemian-style lagers, made 100% from barley, compared with mass-market beers elsewhere, which often dilute the brew with corn. Slovakia’s large barley crop is prized for its high starch content, making Slovak beer rich and hearty. There are several good microbreweries starting up in Slovakia.

These are the beers you should ask for…

Zlatý Bažant

Zlatý Bažant beerZlatý Bažant (Golden Pheasant) is produced in a brewery in Hurbanovo (close to Hungarian border). It was founded in 1969 and purchased by Heineken International group in 1995. It is also distributed in USA (under the name Golden Pheasant).

Light beer Zlatý Bažant is a Pilsner type light lager, characterized by gentle hop aroma and moderate bitterness. Because of its full flavor, Zlatý Bažant belongs to the most popular beer on the market.

Types:

  • 12% Light
  • 10% Light
  • 11,5% Dark
  • Non-alcoholic Light

Corgoň

CorgoňCorgoň is produced in a brewery in Nitra (west part of Slovakia). This beer was first cooked in Nitra in 1896, the brewery was reopened in 1949 but at this time Corgoň was called Nitriansky ležiak (Nitra’s Lager). It received its recent name in 1992 when the brewery was privatized by Brewery Karšay. Since 1997 it is a member of Heineken Slovakia.

Corgoň is glossy amber lager Pilsner type beer with relatively high, but balanced delightful bitterness, full flavor and immutable bouquet.

Types:

  • 10% Light
  • 11% Light
  • 12% Light
  • 11% Dark

Šaris

Šariš beerŠariš Brewery is the largest brewery in Slovakia located in the eastern part of the country, in Veľký Šariš near the city Prešov. It was founded in 1964 and first liter of Šariš was brewed in 1967. Since 1997 it is a member of brewing giant SABMiller.

Šaris is a premium beer made from light malt. It is a highly hopped beer which gives it a bitter, aromatic taste, and also allows better digestibility.

Types:

  • 12% Premium
  • 8% Light
  • 10% Light
  • 11% Light
  • 12% Light
  • 11% Dark
  • 13% Dark
  • Non-alcoholic Light

Topvar

Topvar beerTopvar is produced in Topvar Brewery (Pivovary Topvar, a.s.), founded in 1957 and situated in Topolčany. Since 2006 (together with Šariš Brewery), it is a member of global brewing giant SABMiller.

The beer is characterized by further fermentation with its own characteristic ester aroma. It has pleasantly bitter, delicate malt and hop aroma. The color of the beer is lighter. It is popular with both male and female lovers of beer.

Types:

  • 10% Light
  • 12% Light
  • 11% Dark
  • 11% Keg-beer

Smädný Mních (Thirsty Monk)

Smädný Mních beerSmädný mních (Thirsty Monk) comes from Šariš region – the beer was originally prepared by monks from Šariš Castle. In the meantime it is one of the most favorite types of beer in Slovakia.

It is a light and refreshing beer. It has low alcohol content, very delicate hop bitterness, high and thick foam and delicious taste.

Types:

  • 10% Light
  • 12% Light


Slovak Wines

Slovakia’s long heritage of winemaking goes back to the 7th c. BC, when Celts planted the first vineyards here. The ancient Romans brought wine-growing techniques to Slovakia 2000 years ago. At that time it was already very respected and popular. Despite the 20th century upheavals of two world wars and 40 years under Soviet domination, many of the country’s producers come from families who have been winemakers for generations. In the recent years the importance of Slovak wines has grown rapidly. Several larger vineyards have rich tradition of high quality wine-growing and wine-making, but high quality is also very usual for smaller private vineyards.

The best Slovak wine today is made by small-batch vintners – primarily in the Small Carpathian (southwest) and Tokaj (southeast) regions. You can visit some of them. Slovak white wines are predictably good, while reds vary with each year’s temperature and weather conditions.

Slovak Wine Regions

There are 6 main wine regions in Slovakia (each of them is divided into a few more regents that are named after the most important cities, excluded Tokay):

  • Small Carpathian Region
  • Middle Slovakian Region
  • East Slovakian Region
  • Nitra Region
  • South Slovakian Region
  • Tokay (neighbour of Hungarian Tokay)

For more detailed information, please, see the map of wineries in Slovakia.

Tokaj Region

Tokaj, prized by royalty since it was developed in the 17th century, is known worldwide as a Hungarian specialty. But Slovak Tokaj is every bit as good as Hungary’s – and cheaper. It’s also something you can only enjoy in Slovakia. According to a deal cut between Czechoslovakia and Hungary, Slovak Tokaj may not be exported. Tokaj is most often a sweet, after-dinner wine, made with grapes that produce a fungus called “noble rot”, which gives Tokaj its distinctive rich flavor. However, there are wonderful dry Tokajs, too.

Slovak Wine Sorts

During more than 1000 years, Slovak wines have gone through a huge progress that led to many sorts of different tastes: Green Veltlin, Italian Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Rhine Riesling, Red Traminer and Muscat Ottonel.

  • White wines: Sauvignon, Chardonnay
  • Red wines: St. Laurent, Blue Frankovka
  • International red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Slovak Wine Brands

  • Wine (Víno) Mrva a Stanko, Trnava
  • Carpathian Perl (Karpatská perla), Šenkvice
  • Viticulture company (Vinohradnícka spoločnosť) Pavelka a Sobolič, Pezinok
    PD Mojmírovce
  • J & J Ostrožovič, Veľká Tŕňa, (Tokaj region)
  • Wine Cellars (Vínne pivnice) Svätý Jur, Svätý Jur
  • Wine (Víno) Masaryk, Skalica
  • Wine (Víno) Matyšák, Pezinok
  • Strekov 1075, Strekov
  • Viniculture (Vinárstvo) Vinanza, Vráble
  • Hacaj, Pezinok

5 Responses to Drinks

  1. Dave July 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I have a small bottle labeled cadca borovicka 40%. It has some type of plant inside of it, and is sealed with a wax seal.. The bottle has a design similar to a shield with the word cadca on top. It also has a picture of a tree on the left and what looks like some type of saint on the right side of the shield… Can anyone tell me exactly what this is and whether it can be consumed or not? thank you very much, dave

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Hi Dave, I don’t know about the exact bottle you described, but borovička is made of juniper, so I guess, it’s juniper inside the bottle and on the picture. Čadca is a town in Slovakia… Sounds like a really special drink and, of course, it can be consumed. However, be prepared that it has an interesting taste and not everyone likes it.

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  2. Henrik Holck December 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Hopefully you can help me. As Christmas is nearing I remembered I had a bottle St. Nicolaus Borovicka (45%) and on the back of the bottle is the recepee for a “Nicolaus Drink” which unfortunately I cannot translate. As far as I can deduct tonic, lemon, soda water and sugar is added to the borovisca, but I cannot figure out the right proportions to add. Best regards and merry Christmas
    Yours
    Henrik Holck
    Denmark

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Is it the Nicolaus Top and Taste? – Fresh ginger (or Tonic could make it), brown sugar, fresh limes, 2 cl blackberry sauce and 2 cl Nicolaus vodka.

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    Henrik Holck replies:

    Thank you for your kind reply. Whether it is the Nicoloaus Top and Taste I cannot answer however, I have tried your above recommendation using Tonic instead of Fresh ginger and the result was very good indeed

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