About Me

My name is Damian, and I would love to share my passion for homemade tinctures with you!

Damian from PolishTinctures
Tincture tasting that I organized in Kraków

My adventure with homemade alcohol began when I was a teenager. I observed my grandparents making tinctures at home, and I wanted to see what I could do by myself. My first concoction was not perfect, but sharing my efforts with friends gave me a sense of satisfaction that motivated me to keep trying and to continue exploring the rich traditions of homemade tinctures.

different tastes in airtight jars
My newest tinctures in airtight jars – including pistachios, coconut, cherry, banana and many more

While searching for knowledge about alcoholic beverages that have been a part of Polish history for centuries, I gathered and read dozens of books—both old books and new books—that are filled with stories and recipes of various flavorful, alcohol-based drinks that a non-professional can make at home. Now, I would like to invite you to try to make some of these traditional Polish tinctures – teach you how to create them yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen.

I also organise tincture tasting in Kraków.

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Tincture tasting in center of Kraków with me

What can you taste?
Tincture (in polish “nalewka”) is an aged liqueur/cordial, made with fruits, sugar, honey, herbs or flowers and spices, macerated in vodka or rectified spirits.

Nalewka is a traditional polish alcohol, in older times, many different types were stored in cellars to welcome guests with a small glass of homemade tincture. Many tinctures were considered to have medicinal properties.

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10 different traditional tinctures for tasting

Another tradition cultivated by some families was to create and bottle nalewka on the occasion of a child’s baptism and then open the bottle at the child’s wedding.

We taste up to 10 different, traditional Polish tinctures, made from fruits and flowers, like:

• chokeberry,
• black lilac,
• hawthorn,
• blackberry,
• quince,
• cherry,
• cranberry,
• black currant,
• raspberry,
• blackthorn.

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Tincture tasting in Kraków

Bonus – “DIY” tips and recipes
My Guests will also learn how to make some of those tinctures in their own home – they don’t even have to remember all of the steps because they will get the recipes that I have written especially for my Guests on this topic.

Check out my blog for newest recipes that I’m adding each week – here you will find an updated list of all tinctures.

And best regards from Kraków

Damian