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There's much more to Polish drink than just vodka! Historically mead and beer were first. Today all are important with the addition of local specialities like sliwowica (slivovitz). And there's the whole unexplored world of nalewkas!

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How to make Polish Sliwowica

How to make Polish Sliwowica (Polish Slivovitz)

 

This is a basic recipe for Polish Sliwowica.

You will need:

  • About 5 kg (about10-11 lbs.) fresh plums
  • A fermentation pot and empty bottles
  • A distillation setup

 

Get whole, ripe or even overripe, fresh, good quality plums. Using right fruits is crucial for success! No dried prunes or things like that are allowed. Remove the stems. Wash the plums, when they’re dry cut them into pieces. Removing the stones is not recommended for a "real" Sliwowica. But you can do it if you want. The taste is going to be somewhat smoother then.

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Zoladkowo-Gorzka Vodka (Special Herbs Bitter Polish Vodka)


Zoladkowo-Gorzka (Special Herbs Bitter Vodka) is a flavored vodka, prepared with herbs and dried fruits. To some extent it is prepared in a similar way to Polish nalewkas (infusions) – herbs are macerated in alcohol. The vodka is matured before it is bottled. Zoladkowo-Gorzka is rather sweet and herbal in taste, and brownish in colour (thanks to the addition of caramel). The sweetness is distinct but not overwhelming.

Special Herbs Bitter Polish Vodka
Zoladkowo-Gorzka Vodka
Special Herbs Bitter Vodka
(small bottle)

This herbs bitter vodka is actually quite pleasant to taste. As such it’s “easier” to drink than many dry vodkas. But on the other hand its sweet flavor makes it somewhat harder to pair with food. It will go well with desserts or meals which contain sweet sauces. Or it can be drunk just for the pleasure of it, of course. As every vodka, Zoladkowo-Gorzka should be served chilled or on the rocks with a slice of lemon.

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Polish Mead

Mead belongs to those Polish specialties which deserve much more attention than they currently get.

It was mead, together with beer, which was the earliest alcoholic drink known in Poland. It was used there as early as in the 10th century and even before. (Indeed, mead was one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in the history of human civilization.)

Polish Mead - "Poltorak" (oneandahalfer)
Polish Mead - "Poltorak" (oneandahalfer)
small bottle

Since wine was never a dominant produce among Polish-made drinks, mead was its local substitute to some extent.
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Tarninowka Tea

 

Sometimes, when we visit new places we want to taste something really unique. When you come to Tarnow (Eastern Malopolska or Lesser Poland region) you definitely must try ‘Tarninowka Tea’ - fruity tea with natural sloe flavor.

This tea is available only in Tarnow and it is made from the highest quality berries of sloe, without any chemical additions.

 

Tarninowka Tea
(courtesy www.it.tarnow.pl)

 

'Tasty and mild' people say, Tarninowka Tea gives you energy for the whole day.

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Polish Potato vodka: Luksusowa


It is often claimed that a good vodka must be made from grain. Is it true? The answer is clear: It is not! Here's one of the world's best vodkas which is made from potatoes: Luksusowa!

 

Polish Potato Vodka 'Luksusowa'
Polish Potato Vodka 'Luksusowa' 
 

 

Luksusowa (Luxurious Vodka) regularly wins awards at international contests. Its pure taste explains why. Luksusowa as a brand has been present on the market since 1928. Today you can enjoy the classic, dry type, but there are also flavored ones. 

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