Poland experiences extremely cold winters and most Poles turn to food to warm themselves from inside out. One great example is the Polish winter tea. The preparation of the winter tea is slightly different from what you might expect.
Instead of just hot black tea with a side of milk, expect black tea with a side of vodka. Yes! Polish people do love their vodka and if you haven’t tried any of the popular brands yet, I highly recommend going through our guide to Polish vodka.
Another difference between Polish winter tea and regular tea is the addition of raspberry syrup. It may sound really sweet but trust me, raspberry syrup is by far the best thing about the tea. It is perfect on those cold days and the vodka in the concoction serves to warm you up further. You can even make the syrup at home by following this easy homemade raspberry syrup recipe.
On a side note, vodka isn’t the main ingredient in Polish winter tea. In fact, there are quite a number of people who prefer not to add vodka to their tea. It is a personal preference.
If you head to the Polish mountains in Zakopane or even the Tatra mountains in wintertime, you will find that they always serve their Polish winter tea with vodka. That is probably how the tea earned the name Polish highlander tea.
Other names for Polish winter tea include Polish electric tea and herbata z prądem.
Polish Winter Tea Recipe – Herbata Z Prądem
Part I – Mix All The Ingredients In A Cup
Part II – Serve Warm
FAQs About Polish Winter Tea
What Is Polish Winter Tea Good For?
During the winter time, people are very prone to sore throats and colds. Polish winter tea acts as a great soothing agent for a sore throat. It also helps relieve any congestion in the throat. This is due to the warmth of the tea. The vodka also helps a person feel warm from inside out.
In Poland, you will find that people often recommend having two to three cups of hot tea if you aren’t feeling well. Mind you, all three cups don’t need a dose of vodka in them.
Is Tea A Popular Drink In Poland?
You will find that tea in general is very popular in Poland. Many people will pair a tea with their meal instead of alcohol. The best part about tea is that it can be had at any time of the day and the warm liquid is particularly soothing in wintertime.
There are loads of different teas that are available and if you are interested in exploring the different brands then do take a look at my guide to Polish tea.
When Is The Best Time To Have Polish Winter Tea?
Polish winter tea is usually served in the cold season. A hot cup of tea is placed in the hands of anyone who comes in out of the cold. Most people love to have it after indulging in winter sports. It warms you up perfectly after skiing!
Others will make a quick stop at a café when they are shopping for a cup of winter tea. During the cold winters, it warms them up enough to continue walking around outdoors.
- 1 cup of black tea
- 1 shot (2 tbsps) of raspberry syrup
- 1 shot of vodka (optionally)
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp of honey
- Mix all the ingredients in a cup.
- Drink warm.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g
These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix