Antique Herbal Liqueur is, indeed, the Spirit of Croatia. The legacy of Antique goes back to 1862 and FranjoPokorny, a distiller and tradesman in 1862. It was initially sold to pharmacies as a “digestif elixir” to help “cleanse the blood and strengthen the stomach”. During the 1800s, this digestif rose to prominence not only in its home country, but throughout Central Europe.
Herbal Liqueurs in Croatia are called Pelinkovac. Pelinkovac liqueurs are truly the spirit of the Country. They are compared to Italian Amaros, but are quite unique and different. There are many types of Pelinkovacs made in Croatia. This century old drink is part of Croatian’s everyday life. After a day’s work or out with friends, Croatians share a drink of Pelinkovac, primarily as a perfect serve- on the rocks with a slice of orange.
The taste profile of Antique Pelinkovac is complex and layered with over 40 different types of Mediterranean herbs, spices, and botanicals. Because of how it is made, it has not only complexity, but also balance. Many Amaros are either very bitter or very sweet. Antique is not too sweet, not too bitter- just right.
The dominating flavor on the palate is anise/licorice which comes from the dominating botanical: wormwood. Wormwood is an intricate part of any Pelinkovac. As a matter of fact, the word “Pelin” in Pelinkovac actually translates to wormwood.
- Producer: Antique Pelinkovac
- Vendor: Badel 1862
- Varietals: Liqueur
- Ingredients: NGS macerated with various botanicals including wormwood, fennel, lemon balm, and sage.
- Sustainable Certificates: Yes
- Country: Croatia
- Sub Region: Zagreb