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bran·dy

(bran'dē),
An alcoholic liquid obtained by the distillation of the fermented juice of sound ripe grapes and usually containing 40-54% ethyl alcohol.
[Du. brandewijn, burnt (distilled) wine]

brandy

An alcoholic spirit produced by distilling wine, which has an alcohol content ranging from 35% to 60%. Better quality brandies are aged in oak casks; cheaper brandies simulate the amber hue with colouring.

brandy

A strong alcoholic liquor distilled from wine
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As such, these Jewish tavern keepers, says Dynner, would have hail an intimate knowledge of slivovitz production, from overseeing the plum harvest to distillation to distribution.
As a grain-free spirit, slivovitz was--and continues to be--saleable during Passover, when Jewish vendors slopped selling their wheat - and rye-based alcohols, "it was a great drink to make over Passover to keep your tavern running," says Dynner.
There was, Dynner suggests, another pragmatic reason for Jews to drink slivovitz in the non-wine-growing regions of (xntral and Eastern Europe.
All of these factors dovetailed with the rise of Hasidism, whose adherents adherents pursued drinking as a religious ritual, Among the few written references to Jews and slivovitz is the introduction to an 1884 commentary called liesed le-.
More than a century later, slivovitz retains that folkloric sensibility--but its widespread reputation remains that of down-market liquor, tantamount to moonshine.
As luck would have it, she'd been to Yugoslavia and was given some miniature slivovitz brandy.