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Home Polish Drinks Vodka Zoladkowo-Gorzka Vodka (Special Herbs Bitter Polish Vodka)
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.

While not so “legendary” as some of Polish dry vodkas, Zoladkowo-Gorzka is a really good thing, recommended each time a strong but mildly tasting alcohol is needed.

There are a few flavors of Zoladkowo-Gorzka available on the market. The brown Zoladkowo-Gorzka is the classic one - present on the market for about 50 years, it used to be the only one during most of the brand’s history. But if you’d like to go for something slightly different, there’s for instance the minty Zoladkowo-Gorzka, green in colour and with a green label of course. Besides the flavor, the general character of each kind of Zoladkowo-Gorzka is very similar and the quality is equally high. So the choice is just a matter of your taste or mood.

And by the way, “gorzka” actually means “bitter”, as the vodka is theoretically bitter-sweet. In practice the bitterness is very hard to spot. It’s the sweetness and herbal aromas which prevail.


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