|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 25g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||59%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A Polish nalewka is an aged cordial. The most common types are made with fruit and either vodka or rectified spirits. This recipe for plum nalewka or śliwówka is traditionally made with Damson plums, a small oblong-oval-shaped plum. These types of plums are great to use in desserts, jams, and cordials as they're fairly tart in flavor and not usually eaten raw. If Damson plums aren't available in your area, you can certainly use Italian prune plums to make this plum vodka, but the flavor won't be authentic.
A Nalewka, pronounced nah-LEF-kah, is typically served after a meal and is meant to be sipped, allowing the taste to be enjoyed as you would a fine wine. In Poland, they are also traditionally present at special occasions such as weddings or baptisms. Make sure to use a high-quality vodka when making this plum liqueur recipe for the best and most bona fide result.
Nalewki makes for excellent edible gifts, so plan accordingly when making them for Christmas. Start making this plum vodka three months ahead of the holiday season to ensure that it is ready. Next, get some pretty glass bottles to put the cordial in for giving as gifts, selecting the size of bottle you want to use. The giftee will most certainly enjoy sipping a glass of this aged cordial after their Christmas meal.
Whatever you do, don't throw away the fruit after putting the liquid into bottles. The fruit is wonderful made into a compote and then served over ice cream, pound cake, or even French toast. You can also put it on top of yogurt.
3 quarts plums, such as Damson, slightly unripe, washed and pitted
2 quarts vodka, good quality
3 sticks cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1 cup sugar
Gather the ingredients.
Place plums in a gallon jar. Pour half of the vodka into a large saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let it warm over very low heat.
Dissolve sugar in warm vodka.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Pour vodka mixture over pitted plums in a gallon jar. Add remaining vodka. Screw cap on tightly and let sit for three months.
If prepared in summer, leave fruit in vodka mixture until just before Christmas Eve for full, fruity flavor. Strain and serve in cordial glasses.
Don't throw away the fruit! Use a few pieces of the fruit in your Christmas compote, serve it over ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, or make an open-faced coffee cake using the dough from this Polish sweet roll recipe.
How to Store
This plum vodka will keep indefinitely and is best stored in a cool, dark place. The color will fade if this cordial is exposed to light, although the taste is not affected.