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21 Popular & Iconic Polish Drinks (Modern & Traditional)

Poland is a country in Eastern Europe bordering Germany. As with other countries in central and eastern Europe, the culture in Poland is somewhat similar. Even included in the local drinking traditions.

Here are some of the popular polish drinks you should know & try!

21. Kvass

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Although Kvass is very popular in Russia, it is also popular in Poland.

Even Kvass may have emerged since the 10th century mainly because of the trade between the Polish Empire and Kievan Rus’. Since then, Kvass production has lasted hundreds of years.

20. Herbata

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Tea in Polish is Herbata. Tea has long been consumed in Poland. Like coffee, tea also has a long history in Poland.

One of the earliest references to tea comes from the 17th century through the king Jan Kazimierz.

19. Kawa

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Kawa is Polish for coffee. Coffee drinks in Poland are very popular and have gone through a long history.

The coffee culture in Poland comes from various crosses. The first time coffee was introduced to Poland by King Jan III Sobieski.

18. Cydr Lubelski

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Cydr Lubelski can be translated as cider from the city of Lublin or cider from the Lubelszczyzna region.

Cydr Lubelski is the most popular apple cider drink in Poland. The drink is sold in bottles with different flavor varieties.

17. Fortuna

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Fortuna is a beverage company in Poland founded in 1987 with a carrot flavored Karotka beverage product.

Fortuna’s company slogan is “Full of Life.” In 2003, Fortuna was acquired by the Argos Nova company and developed its product.

16. Starka

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Starka is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented wheat flour.

Traditionally Starka is made from the natural spirit of rye and stored in oak barrels. The method for making Starka is similar to that used in whiskey.

15. Grodziskie

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Grodziskie is a Polish style of beer usually made from roasted oak and malted wheat.

Beer with a Grodziskie style can be described as having a clear and bright golden color, highly carbonated, and low alcohol content.

14. Goldwasser

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Goldwasser or Danziger Goldwasser is a herbal liquor produced in Danzig or Gdańsk until 2009.

Today, even though its production is carried out in Germany, Goldwasser is still a famous alcoholic drink originally from Gdańsk.

13. Polmos Łańcut

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Polmos Łańcut is the name of a Polish distillery and is one of the oldest producers of liquor.

Duchess Lubomirska founded the distillery at Łańcut on land belonging to the Lubomirski family, according to a document in 1784.

12. Slivovitz

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Slivovitz is a fruit brandy made from Damson plums, often referred to as plum spirits or plum brandy.

Slivovitz is widely produced in Central and Eastern Europe, either independently or commercially. Poland has a long tradition of making Slivovitz.

11. Piołunówka

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Piołunówka is an alcoholic infused drink that has a very bitter taste. Piołunówka is made by macerating wormwood in alcohol.

Its name comes from the word piołun, which means wormwood in Polish. Unlike Absinthe, Piołunówka is not distilled.

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10. Inka

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Inca is a Polish roasted grain drink that was developed in the late 1960s. Since 1971, Inka has been produced in the city of Skawina, the center of coffee production.

Currently, Inka is produced by GRANA SP. z o. o., a cereal company in Poland.

9. Podpiwek

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Podpiwek is a Polish non-alcoholic drink that contains a small amount of alcohol, roughly 0.5% -2%. This drink’s full name is Podpiwek Kujawski.

The drink is made from grains, hops, yeast, water, and sugar, made by the fermentation process without pasteurization.

8. Polskie Wino

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Polskie wino or Polish wine originated around the 10th century during the reign of the Piast dynasty.

Like other old world wine producers, many traditional grape varieties still survive in Poland and are well suited to its hilly terrain.

7. Mead

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Mead is an alcoholic drink in the Polish tradition made from fermented alcohol and honey, and water.

The aroma of honey is powerful, and besides that, it is usually enriched with fruit juice, herbs, or spices. Mead is dark yellow or golden in color.

6. Nalewka

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Nalewka is a traditional Polish alcoholic drink. Nalewka is made by macerating or putting various ingredients into alcohol and without distillation.

The alcohol used in Nalewka is usually Vodka or a neutral alcoholic drink.

5. Poland Beer

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Beer in Poland has been brewed for at least over a thousand years and has a significant beer production tradition.

No wonder Poland is the third-largest beer producer in Europe. The most popular Polish beers include Żywiec, Okocim, and Tyskie beers.

4. Wódka Żołądkowa Gorzka

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Wódka Żołądkowa Gorzka or also known as Żołądkowa, is a Polish herbal vodka drink. The drink was first introduced in 1950 based on a much older recipe.

One of the famous brands is Polmos-Lublin.

3. Compote

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Besides being famous in Russia, Kompot is also very popular in Poland.

This hot or cold drink is made by cooking fruits like berries, apricots, peaches, apples, plums, etc., in plenty of water and sugar or raisins.

2. Oranżada

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Oranżada is a Polish term for denoting carbonated soft drinks.

The term originated in the 18th century when soft drinks made of carbonated water, sugar, and orange syrup were brought from France and introduced to the Polish aristocracy.

1. Krupnik

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Krupnik is a traditional sweet alcoholic drink from Poland. Krupnik is made from a grain alcoholic drink, usually vodka and honey, (usually use clover honey).

There are many versions of Krupnik, the mass-produced version containing 40% -50% alcohol.

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Besides being influenced by its changing history, drinking in Poland is also closely related to ancient monks’ traditions. This makes for a unique variety of drinks.

So there is nothing wrong if you try one of the typical drinks in Poland.

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