Traditional Drinks in Poland

Orangeade

Orangeade

If you do not know by now, the traditional Polish dessert is Gingerbread. The Polish traditional drinks are like Kompot or Compote, Oranzada or Orangeade,  Wodka (Vodka), Piwo (Beer), Nalewki (Liqueurs) and Miod pitny (Mead). Today, we are going to talk about these traditional drinks and while you will be visiting Poland, you might want to try one or a few if not all of them. The first Compotes may contain spices, like cloves and mostly made with fresh or dried fruits. For example, in Poland, it is common to use morello cherries, apples, currants, pears, a rhubarb and strawberries. It is not limited to just morello cherries, there are cherries added too. This is a cold drink where you can find in many Polish homes for a normal dinner. The dried fruits blend is known as ‘susz’ and it is typically muddy in look and brown in colour. The taste may seem peculiar to some, but this is a compulsory item at the Christmas Eve supper table. In Poland, it is written as Kompot. The next is the Orangeade which is an alcohol-free drink. It is carbonated, tastes sweet and traditional orange in taste. During the 18th century, this originally French beverage became popular amongst the aristocratic Polish cuisine. It is simple orange syrup with sugar that makes up Oranzada, its other name.

Vodka

Originated in Poland, Ukraine and Russia, Vodka is a pure alcohol, also a product of distillation. Diluted with water in the two is to three ration, this drink if you do not know yet, is made from the grains, sugar beets or potatoes. In the European Union, the Vodka belt countries include Poland itself as well as Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland too. If you are looking for a Polish vodka, you can try Chopin, balsam pomorski, Belvedere, Extra Zytnia, Danziger Goldwasser, Maximus, Luksusowa or even Pan Tadeusz. There are others you can check out like the Starka, Sobieski, Wyborowa, Zubrowka or Bison Grass, Zoladkowa Gorzka to name a few.

Polish Beers and Liqueurs

Polish Beer

Polish Beer

It is a popular drink in Poland for beers which of earliest record was of the Polish King Boleslaw I the Brave being a beer drinker. Popular beer brands to consider if you will be there are Tyskie, Zywiec, Zubr, Okocim, Lech, Warka, Tatra and also Debowe Mocne. For ‘nalewka’, which are alcoholic extracts from spices, fruits, herbs, flowers and fruits and usually they are aged. You may also note some key ingredients such as lily-of-the-valley, haw, Cornus alba, juniper, black currant, ginger, cherries, green Persian walnut, wormwood, apricots, and anise.

 

 

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