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ALCOHOL

No Polish meal is complete without a choice of alcohols. Below are some alcohols you may encounter on a traditional Polish table:

Bimber Home-made spirit

Chopin Top-quality clear vodka

Cytrynówka Lemon vodka

Czysta Popular, clear vodka

Goldwasser Herbal-spicey liquer, dating back to middle ages, filled with flakes of gold, hence the name

Jałowcówka Polish gin

Jarzębiak Rowanberry flavoured vodka

Kminkówka Caraway fravoured vodka

Krakowianka Blackberry flavoured vodka

Krupnik Honey vodka, recipe dating back to XVII century

Łowicka Wild rose flavoured vodka

Luksusowa Top-quality, clear vodka

Miętówka Peppermint vodka

Myśliwska Hunter's vodka, flavoured with juniper berries, tastes a bit like gin

Orzechówka - walnut liquor - good for heartburn

Pieprzówka Pepper flavoured vodka

Piołunówka Absinthe flavoured vodka

Polonez Top-quality, clear vodka

Śliwowica Spirit made from plums, 75% by volume

Soplica Dry vodka, reminiscent of Jarzebiak but finer

Spirytus - 98% alcohol by volume, used to make liqeurs and in folk medicine

Starka Very fine rye vodka, stored 15 years in oak barrels before consumption

Staropolska Dry vodka, fruity flavour

Winiak Polish brandy

Wiśniówka Fine, cherry flavoured vodka

Wyborowa Top-quality, clear vodka

Złota Jesień Literally "Golden Autumn", dry, apple brandy

Zołądkowa Extra dry, herbal vodka used to stimulate appetite and help digestive processes

Żubrówka Bison vodka, flavoured with grass on which the bison feeds

Żytnia Top-quality, clear vodka.

 

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