Ukrainian-American food scientist revives family liquor recipe at Maryland company

BALTIMORE- A retired food scientist from McCormick has successfully perfected and restored the old family recipe for medivka, a Ukrainian honey liqueur.

Orest Hanas, a former Ukrainian-American food scientist for the famed Maryland Foods and Spices Company, has kept his family’s old recipe for popular Ukrainian liquor for many decades. He experimented with the recipe and eventually turned it into a creation of his own.

For those who may not know, medivka is a brewed honey vodka. It is known to intoxicate people incredibly easily due to the fact that the strong honey and spice flavors tend to mask or overshadow the alcoholic taste. It is a popular festive drink, popular around holidays like Christmas.

Ukrainian-American food scientist revives family liquor recipe at Maryland company

In an effort to help his ancestral home, Hanas has teamed up with the Baltimore Spirits Company to produce special edition versions of his medivka to benefit Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization of doctors known for operating in war zones. or areas affected by pandemic outbreaks. .

The scientist is incredibly upset by what is happening in Ukraine and felt he had to do something to help.

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Medivka revealed that he learned to make medivka from his father, a Ukrainian who fled to Baltimore as a refugee to escape the Nazis during World War II.

Hana’s creation has so far raised over $4,000 for Doctors Without Borders. Although this medivka is limited edition, he plans to make more to stock in the Baltimore Spirit tasting room.

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