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1. Thou shalt not refuse a glass of pálinka.
Pálinka is Hungary’s signature fruit brandy, traditionally enjoyed to consummate a meal and easily found at any liquor store, bar, or restaurant. But most likely your new Hungarian neighbor makes his own, and you can’t beat homemade pálinka. If offered, you should oblige. Yes, it may burn your throat, killing everything in its path, – which is why Hungarians swear by it to cure any ailment – but you don’t want to be rude, do you?