The Best Polish Drinks To Try (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic)

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What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of the best Polish drinks? I bet is vodka.

However, there are many more interesting drinks from Poland that are worth mentioning. From the fruit kompot to alcoholic śliwowicka łącka- we’ve covered it all.

The post is divided into 2 sections: the first is only about the non-alcoholic drinks that are great for people of all ages.

The second has a full list of the most popular Polish drinks that are for adults only.

Ready? Here we go!

Non-Alcoholic Polish Drinks

Kompot

Easy to make, delicious, and healthy.

Kompot has 3 simple ingredients: fruits, water, and (optionally) a sweetener. It’s served cold, usually with dinner or lunch.

Even though it’s possible to make kompot all year round, it’s typical for the summer season, where the fresh fruits are available. You can make kompot from any fruit, the most popular are:

  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • rhubarb
  • plums

Kwas Chlebowy

The first from many fermented beverages on our list of the best Polish drinks!

Kwas chlebowy is made of yeast, fermented bread, sugar, and water.

The drink is really healthy- it supports digestive processes, and reduces bloating and constipation.

Kefir

It’s basically fermented milk. Even though it may sound disgusting, it’s the healthiest Polish drink and one of the healthiest drinks in the world.

Rich in natural bacteries, it will help your guts work well. Kefir is recommended to drink during any antibiotic therapy.

In Poland, kefir is usually drank as a snack or served with mashed potatoes and fried eggs for dinner.

Maślanka

It’s very similar to kefir, however, its taste is milder.

Maślanka is what is left in the process of making butter out of milk. It has fewer calories than kefir, however, it’s not as healthy as its older brother.

Zakwas Buraczany (Beet Kvass)

Last but not least- a traditional Polish drink that is made of fermented beetroots, salt, garlic, and water.

It supports body cleansing and strengthens the immune system. See my fermented beet juice recipe (follow the link).

Alcoholic Polish Drinks

Vodka

Now let’s jump into the best Polish drinks that are not for kids. Number one is, of course, vodka!

For many, Polish vodka is the absolute best in the world. It can be made of grains or potatoes. Best served cold, with juice or ogorek kiszony, it’s a must on every Polish wedding, birthday, or any other party.

One bottle costs as little as $5.

Beer

The consumption of beer in Poland definitely increases in the summer, when it’s hot outside.

Poles like the beer cold, straight out of the fridge. Polish beer is stronger than in other countries in the world- it’s ranging from 5% to 12% ABV.

What may be surprising, many Poles like drinking beer with syrups (ginger or raspberry) through the straw.

Grzaniec Galicyjski (mulled wine)

In the wintertime, Poles love to warm up with the glass of mulled wine. 

The most popular brand is Grzaniec Galicyjski. The wine is sweet, seasoned with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and honey. It’s typically served with orange and cloves.

Szarlotka (apple pie)

This super-simple drink is made of 2 ingredients:

  • apple juice
  • zubrowka (Polish bison grass vodka)

Traditionally served with ice, it’s definitely one of the best Polish drinks to try!

Miód Pitny (Mead)

Literally translated as a “drinking honey”, this Polish alcoholic drink is made of the fermented honey and water.

Depending on the type, the ABV is ranging between 3,5% to 20%.

Rosolis and Nalewka

Polish sweet liquors are famous all over the world.

The most unique is rosolis that is exclusively produced in one factory in Poland from a over-hundred-year-old recipe.

What is nalewka? It’s basically a vodka made of fruits, flowers, herbs, nuts, or even candies. The most popular are:

  • Rose rosolis
  • Herb rosolis
  • Wisniówka
  • Cytrynówka
  • Malinówka
  • Pigwówka

Śliwowica and Bimber

Usually home-made, this alcoholic Polish drink is really strong (up to 70% ABV).

Made of grains, potatoes, grains, candies, sugar, or virtually anything else, bimber is a must-served on every Polish wedding (but not only!).

Surprisingly, the taste is milder than vodka, so you don’t actually feel how strong drink you’ve just had. 

The most popular type of bimber is śliwowica łącka that is made of plum.

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