One area that everyone raves about is Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains in the southeast of Poland. It’s all about the great outdoors. In the summer, everyone treks down there to hike the beautiful green mountains. In the winter, snow sports rule. Many folks who visit Zakopane mention having Herbata Góralska Polish Highlander Tea. It’s often referred to as tea laced with vodka. Reader, Mage, is one of those who sampled Highlander Tea in Zakopane and asked if I had a recipe for the delicious tea. A little research and now I do!
The recipe may be a well kept secret. While there are many mentions of Herbata Góralska Polish Highlander Tea and many photos of snow bunnies enjoying a mug of Highlander Tea, I found only one recipe online, and that was on polki.pl. It’s seems like each cook puts a personal spin on traditional recipes. So if you and your family have a variation of Highlander Tea, please share it in the comments! I’m curious and want to hear about your experience with the winter beverage.
I’ve adapted the recipe a bit by doubling the amount of tea added. The original proportions are 2 parts vodka to 1 part tea. You can, of course, adjust to your own taste.
Tea leaves with vodka from the Polish mountains
- 4 cups boiling water
- 8 black tea bags
- 6 tablesonns raspberry syrup
- 4 cups vodka
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Juice of one lemon
- Add tea bags to boiling water
- Steep 10 minutes before removing the tea bags
- Add raspberry syrup, vodka, rum, sugar, and lemon juice
- Stir until sugar disdolves
- Bottle and store for two months (this is from the Polish recipe, we enjoyed the same day)
- Serve warm