My Vote for “The World’s Worst Tasting Liquor” …. Pelinkovac

14 Jan

If you aren’t from this part of the world (Eastern Europe or Balkans), chances are you have never heard of a nasty, dark, herbal liquor called “Pelinkovac”.


Pelinkovac is a bitter liquor based on wormwood (herb used in absinthe). It’s  popular in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Macedonia,  as well as in Slovenia. They say it has over 25 different herbs in it. The alcohol content is 28%-35% by volume. It has a very bitter taste, resembling that of Jägermeister. Two of the most common brands are Zlatni Pelin and Gorki List.

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People  have used pelinkovac for centuries. In the early ages, it was believed that pelinkovac has healing powers and it was used as a medicine. However, today it is primarily used for pleasure.

There are very few alcoholic beverages that I detest, but this one takes the cake.  The herbal taste is overwhelming and leaves the world’s worst aftertaste. You can find it in just about any bar, cafe, or club in this region. You should at least try to drink down a chilled shot of it with a slice of lemon. That is how my Serbian pals do it and they seem to love the stuff.

Drink at your own risk or just stick to rakija! It has many different flavors from many different fruits. 🙂


Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Through my eyes


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4 responses to “My Vote for “The World’s Worst Tasting Liquor” …. Pelinkovac

  1. boris

    January 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    But good rakia is verry important for good pelinkovac! 😀

  2. Nan

    July 22, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Don’t really care what it tastes like…it cured a 4 day stomach ache with one shot!!!

  3. Christina

    January 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    In America pepople usually like sweet everything, sweet milk, too sweet coffee, sweet drinks etc. Gorki list or Pelinkovac is totally different is unusually bitter, so if you like sweet drinks definitely isnt for you!

  4. Brett Christopher Allen

    December 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    You are mistaken, Sir. Pelincovac is the gear. I love it.


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