Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • You're in Budapest.

  • And you feel like having a drink.

  • There's vodka, gin, rum, lemonade,

  • but this would all be a mistake.

  • Because in this city, you have to indulge in a glassful of Hungarian history.

  • Well, actually, three to be exact.

  • Meetlinka, Unicum and soda water.

  • Without further ado, let's bring in our experts.

  • First up, Zoltan

  • who heads up the House of Hungarianlinka in Budapest.

  • linka is a strong spirit.

  • It is 100 percent fruit distilled.

  • linka is deeply woven into the fabric of Hungarian society.

  • Everybody knows what it is.

  • And the history oflinka began in 1300s

  • when the Queen and the King of Hungary were all suffering from gout.

  • They stumbled upon this earlier version oflinka,

  • which they used to cure themselves.

  • It is made from a huge variety of fruits,

  • apricots to plums to cherries to pears to apples.

  • Now we've heard it's quite strong.

  • The usual alcohol content is typically between 40 and 50 percent,

  • some of them 60 percent.

  • Some of them even higher.

  • Can your Unicum beat that, Sándor?

  • We can't beat it, but we can match it

  • because we also have 40 percent.

  • Really, Unicum is a bitter herbal liquor;

  • there's roughly 10 million Hungarians,

  • and we sell yearly 4 million bottles.

  • It was invented in 1790 by my ancestor.

  • I am the sixth generation.

  • See this Dr. Zwack was the physician to the Emperor of Austria-Hungary.

  • And when the Emperor had a bad stomach.

  • My ancestor made him Unicum,

  • which is made of 40 different kinds of herbs and spices.

  • The recipe's a secret, so I can tell you that,

  • for example, we use vanilla or ginger.

  • OK, I told you two.

  • That's enough.

  • And for you non-drinkers, there's soda water.

  • A staple on Hungarian tables.

  • This isszló and his father.

  • Thank you, gentlemen.

  • My name isszló Kiss, and I am a soda water maker.

  • The fact is we don't use many ingredients, only carbon dioxide and water,

  • but the different ways of mixing, how much water with how much carbon dioxide,

  • and also how much pressure you fill these bottles with is crucial,

  • so you have to pay attention.

  • No wonderszló knows his stuff.

  • It was in Hungary where the large scale production of soda water started.

  • Ányos Jedlik invented it in the 1820s, and the consumption of soda water has boomed since then.

  • I think anyone who feels Hungarian inside starts to smile when they see a soda water bottle.

  • Shall we taste them?

  • Bottom's up, gents.

  • - That was strong. - That's a good drink. - That was great.

You're in Budapest.

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 US GreatBigStory hungarian budapest hungary percent soda

The History of Budapest In Three Cups

  • 2483 141
    Evangeline posted on 2021/03/26
Video vocabulary