British journalists seem to have been attracted by the snow, cakes and mead offered at the Bratislava Christmas markets: the website of The Guardian daily published a story recommending 10 European cities ideal for Christmas markets. Bratislava ended fifth, placing better than similar events held in German and Bulgarian cities.
They especially recommend a shot of hriatô in the Main Square Christmas market, described by them as hot toddy made from honey, goose fat and alcohol.
“Handmade wooden toys, beautifully embroidered waistcoats and tablecloths, quality local white wines, beeswax candles, hand-blown glass ornaments, hand-painted pottery and Slovak folk art” are recommended as well.
Adding to the special mood are mulled wine, folk music performances and “a huge range of hearty dishes to sample, e.g. potato pancakes, chunky sausages and frisbee-sized doughnuts, all washed down with – if you’re feeling brave – a shot of hriatô”.