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Danziger Goldwasser

Danziger Goldwasser (German: Gold water of Danzig), in Polish: Gdańska wódka (vodka of Gdańsk), with Goldwasser as the registered tradename, is a strong (35% ABV) root and herbal liqueur which has been produced since at least 1598 in Gdańsk (Danzig).

The most prominent characteristic of this alcoholic beverage is small flakes of 22 or 23 karat gold suspended in it. Alcoholic solutions were used by artists for Gilding, which is believed to be the inspiration for the drink. Alchemy, which was at its high point in the 16th century when Goldwasser appeared, held gold to have many desirable medical properties. Since the flakes are extremely small and thin, the price is not prohibitive.

See also: Goldschlager
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldwasser
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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