Go nuts for this Polish walnut vodka! Posted by on Jul 13, 2020 in Alcohol, Culture

We all know that people in Poland have been making their own vodka since Middle Ages!

They are famous for some of the best vodka blends available in the world! The most highly regarded clear Polish vodka brands include Belvedere, Chopin, Luksusowa, Pan Tadeusz and Wyborowa. You can find pretty much all of them at the liquor stores. But if you want to try something else, more unique and just as strong (or stronger)…then you should definitely try some of flavored vodkas and nalewki – a large range of Polish liqueurs and aged tinctures made from vodka or neutral spirits and fruits, herbs and spices.

I mentioned one of them to you a while ago:


When life gives you lemons…make this Polish Lemon Liqueur!

Another famous homemade Polish tincture is Orzechówka! It is made out of walnuts.

You would need 5 – 10 walnuts (must be still soft – before they ripen and turn hard), 1 Liter of good quality vodka and optional 1 tsp of sugar. Add finely sliced walnuts to vodka. Cork and place aside in a dark place for about 5 weeks. You will notice that alcohol changed color to brown or dark brown.

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Pour alcohol through cheesecloth (or paper coffee filter) to a separate bottle and cork it, leaving behind just enough to keep walnuts covered. Sprinkle walnuts with sugar and set aside for about 3 weeks. The result will be sweet syrup. Pour it through cheesecloth (or paper coffee filter) to previously placed aside alcohol and stir. If color is very dark, add more alcohol until it turns nice amber, it will taste better. Cork and placed in a dark place for at least 6 months…and then enjoy!

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It is said that walnut liquor is a miracle cure for heartburn and stomach pains caused by heavy meals. It was used for such medicinal purposes in ancient Poland.

Nalewka names come from the type of main ingredient used to produce it or the town where it originated. A popular nalewka named after a town is Nalewka Tarninówka, originating from the town of Tarnów near Kraków in Małopolska (Lesser Poland). It’s made with sloe berries and is ruby red in color.

A nalewka should be sipped, not bolted down like a shot of vodka so that its virtues can be appreciated. It should be allowed to linger on the tongue and then swirled around the mouth much as one would do with fine wine.




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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.