World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert

Today’s curious quirk is dessert; a very alcoholic dessert in Lithuania, specifically. On a recent girl friend weekend break in Vilnius, we decided to visit the Television Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Eastern Europe, to get our bearings.

The Television Tower has a revolving panorama platform and restaurant, the Paukščių takas (Milky Way). We thought we might as well have lunch here and ordered a variety of local dishes. Ellen was particularly intrigued by one of the desserts; it mentioned liqueur. She adores ice cream with blackberries and egg liqueur – and eagerly awaited something like that. It was something all right. At the end of the meal, everyone got desserts but Ellen and it was pointed out that her Lithuanian dessert was the selection of nalewkas that was set at the table at the beginning of our meal.

Lithuanian dessert

Nalewka, as it turns out, is a very strong liqueur (sometimes as strong as 75 %), usually aged – made on vodka infused with fruits, berries, herbs or spices. The dessert comprised six large glasses, served on a flat ‘rolling pin’. (Later, I noticed this rolling pin on the menu in many other restaurants in town, often listed under ‘dessert’).

Now, there’s no getting around it, alcohol is expensive in Norway. I’ve no doubt many of our fellow countrymen would be overjoyed at the sight of this generous offering of liquid dessert, and at an extremely affordable price, too. Sadly, all this boozy goodness was wasted on our particular group, as you can see. This is all we could manage between the three of us.

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo – portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.



16 Responses to “World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert”

  1. chantae 11 March 2014 0502 #

    Wow! Yum, though would be a bit hard to digest if ordered as a breakfast dessert!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1415 #

      Can’t even imagine that for breakfast.

  2. Corinne 11 March 2014 0925 #

    I’m not sure this is my type of dessert, but it makes a pretty picture!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1415 #

      That it does 🙂

  3. Muza-chan 12 March 2014 0911 #

    Looks delicious 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1417 #


  4. Mike 12 March 2014 2249 #

    I would absolutely give the desserts a try, Sophie! Being a foodie I always like to look up menus of the restaurants that people visit and mention on their blogs. I pulled up Paukščių takas and are you kidding me? The Roast “Flying Fish” – Trout stuffed with shrimp? Yes please! I love revolving restaurants with a city view 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1420 #

      Just the place for you then, Mike 🙂

  5. Leigh 14 March 2014 1608 #

    Now that’s a funny story. I love wine but that boozy stuff – not so sure about. It’s very cool that you go to Lithuania for a girl’s weekend.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1448 #

      It’s just a short hop eastwards.

  6. Sarah 16 March 2014 0152 #

    WOW! 75% is a lot of alcohol – that’s practically moonshine! I prefer an edible for a dessert, haha.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1448 #

      As do I 🙂

  7. Mette 16 March 2014 1832 #

    Great story that highlights one of the true joys of traveling. Surprise:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1455 #

      Love surprises 🙂

  8. Mary @ Green Global Travel 17 March 2014 0158 #

    Now, that’s a different type of dessert. We call those “shots” around here! lol. I’m sure they were interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 1456 #

      Super-size shots, then 🙂

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