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Homemade Slivovitz, No Still Needed!

This recipe I found is for an easy to make Slivovitz without the need for a still setup. This only requires a bottle of Everclear and some Plums and Sugar. Since you’re not making your own mash to distill from, the total cost should only be about +-$30 for about 2 5ths of Slivo, which is cheaper than the usual $20 or so for decent slivovitz from the liquor store.

This does take about 3 months or so to get up to taste, so if you make it over the holidays, it can make for a nice Easter present or after holiday dinner drink. Even tho most Slivovitz is Kosher, that’s for the Home Distilled Kind, Using Everclear, which is grain based, will definitely put this drink over the non-kosher line.


  • 4 pounds of Plums
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 5ths Everclear
  • Big Glass Jar


  1. Cut up the plums into small pieces, mash them a bit then add to large glass jar. You can either leave the pits in or remove and toss them most of them, they are responsible for the “bite” that the real, distilled Slivo normally has.  I’ll usually save 4 or 5 to give it just a hint of the burn.
  2. Add the sugar to the Plums, then add just the Everclear until it’s covering the fruit entirely. Put this aside on the counter and shake vigorously for a few minutes each day for about a week or two until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Put the jar in a cool dark place and let this sit about 3 months, then strain thru a coffee filter and serve chilled. You can drink it after 2 months but the extra time will help to smoothen the sharpness out a bit.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Slivovitz, No Still Needed!”

  1. your recipe for homemade slivovitz using everclear calls for 2 5ths bottles, but my bottle is a liter, which is more ounces than a 5th. Should I use less everclear if I’m using 1-liter bottles, or are you referring to the liter bottle as a “5th”?

    1. The 5th bottle is the standard 750ml bottle from the store. It’s 3/4 of a liter so if you are using liter bottles just add another pound of plums and 1/2 cup sugar to even it out. Enjoy!

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