Peket

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Peket, also pékèt or pèket is an eau de vie (fruit brandy) aromatised with juniper berries, similar to Dutch gin. The name derives from the Walloon word for juniper.

Etymology[edit]

The word “peket” means “prickly” in old Walloon. Other sources tell that this word was used by miners. It certainly comes from the Walloon word “pèke”, which means juniper berry in some Walloon regions. This name was used afterwards in Wallonia, for an eau de vie aromatised with these berries.

Peket is a grain alcohol distilled in the region of the river Meuse from Maastricht to Namur. It is aromatised with the juniper berries that give this special taste such appreciated by the connoisseurs who drink it on rocks.

Folklore[edit]

Peket stall in Liège, 15 August 2006

People love drinking peket during the celebrations of August 15 in the Outremeuse quarter of Liège. It can be found in all the bars and cafés of the city. People also drink it during the Walloon Festival that takes place every year in Namur.

Some local recipes are made with peket, for example quail and duck are sometimes cooked with it. You can drink it while eating smoked fish or strong cheese, such as Herve cheese.

Peket is traditionally sold in one-litre clay bottles, but some sell it in glass bottles. It is sometimes mixed with Coca-Cola to produce a cocktail known as "white coke".