The traditional Romanian dishes are fascinating, rich and delicious and it is only fitting that they call for
drinks that are just the same. The traditional Romanian drinks are often a result of distillation methods perfected over many generations. Most Romanians, even the younger ones who always get their drinks from a shop know a thing or two about how to make the traditional drinks. The main characteristic that is common to the traditional Romanian drinks is the quality of the ingredients and the exclusive use of natural ingredients. So make sure to try the traditional Romanian drinks when visiting Bucharest. Here is a list of some of the most important ones:
1. Tuica (plum brandy)
Tuica can be served as an apéritif, to accompany the main meat dish or as a digestif after a rich meal. Tuica will also be recommended by native Romanians as a treatment for muscular pain, headache, stomach ache and pretty much any other type of pain. As you can see it is a veritable panacea, so make sure to give it a try. However, keep in mind that tuica is actually a plum brandy and the percentage of alcohol in it can vary between 23 and 80%. The stronger type of tuica is called palinca and usually comes from the northern part of the country or Transylvania. You can find tuica in any restaurant serving traditional dishes. If you are a guest at Le Boutique Hotel Moxa, you can try La Mama restaurant at 9 Episcopiei street.
Unlike tuica which is a common and popular drink, there are also forest fruit liquors which are a sort of delicacy that is usually homemade and only in small quantities. The process is that when the fruits are ready to harvest, they will be handpicked, washed and then placed inside a glass bottle with a little bit of sugar over it. After weeks of waiting for the berries to ferment and get their juices out, some alcohol or tuica is poured over them. Depending on the taste of the maker, the drinks can be more or less sweet, but they are often deliciously sweet and savory. You can try them at traditional food restaurants, food and drink fairs and Christmas markets.
3. Traditional Romanian wine
You might wonder why you should try the Romanian wine, especially if you come from a country that specializes in producing wine. Well, the answer is simple enough: because you won’t be able to taste a Busuioaca deBohotin anywhere else in the world. This wine comes from a special type of grape with a red-violet color. The wine has an interesting and unique color with a bouquet to remember: roses and basil. Busuioaca de Bohotin is just one of the wines that can only be found in Romania, so make sure to ask your waiter for some traditional Romanian wine with your meal, and you won’t regret it for sure.