Ah the proverbial bólé! You don’t really need a recipe for it, just throw some juice, fruit and booze together, keep tasting and adding until it tastes just right. The more you work on it the better it should get. Back in the sixties I never attended a house party in Budapest without bólé. There was food and dancing and bólé.

It would start with a large bottle of some type of canned fruit and szódavíz. Then someone would sneak a few drops of rum or pálinka into the bowl. As the evening progressed more and more stuff would be added. Keeping the tradition alive I made myself cseresznyebólé. With a mild alcohol allergy I decided to live dangerously just for the day. After all it’s almost New Years Eve! I better cook up a batch of Drunkard Soup for tomorrow. Tomorrow may not be a good day. For your Szilveszter enjoyment I have some videos. BÚÉK!

1 cup apple or pineapple juice
3/8 cup rum
3 Tbsp honey
12 frozen pitted cherries
1 navel orange, sliced
1-1/2 cup club soda, chilled
cherry pálinka to taste [optional]

  • Place first five ingredients in a bowl to soak them for about an hour.
  • Take out the orange slices and add the club soda.
  • Tease it with a bit of cherry liqueur or pálinka and serve.



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