Detroit City Distillery's Pączki Day Vodka sells out

Detroit City Distillery Pączki Day Vodka
Posted at 10:09 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 13:11:48-05

UPDATE: Detroit City Distillery says its limited-edition Pączki Day Vodka sold out in less than a half-hour. There are still stores in metro Detroit selling the vodka. You can view a list here.

Detroit City Distillery is bringing back its limited-edition Pączki Day Vodka ahead of Fat Tuesday.

The Detroit-based distillery, known for its bourbon and whiskeys, debuted the vodka in 2020 with major success and hundreds of people lining up hours before release to get some.

The Polish potato vodka is distilled with dozens of raspberry pączki from the historic New Palace Bakery in Hamtramck.

Bottles are $30 each and will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1 on the Detroit City Distillery website with curbside pickup at their taproom in Eastern Market beginning Feb. 3.

DCD began experimenting with the vodka in 2017 when Distiller Steve Orzechowski bought 12-dozen pączki from New Palace Bakery to try it out.

“I made Pączki Day Vodka because I wanted to capture the essence of the Hamtramck Pączki Day party in a bottle. I thought it’d be a fun way to honor my Polish heritage and create a small-batch
spirit we shared with our closest friends and family,” Orzechowski said. “But, as more and more people tried it and loved it, and the requests came pouring in, we realized we’d created something very unique. It’s a real honor to create something that the community has made part of the celebration and the comradery of the day.”

This year, Detroit City Distillery is getting nearly 1,300 glazed raspberry pączki which are then soaked for 24 hours in vodka in a 500-gallon copper pot still inside Detroit City Distillery's Whiskey Factory.

The Distillery has also come up with two different cocktails that people can make when it comes to the vodka.

Check them out below.

Campau Comrade
- 1.5 oz. Pączki Day Vodka
- 0.5 oz. Bailey’s (or similar)
- 1.5 oz. Calder Half and Half

Stir on ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick grated on top.

Polish Daisy
- 1.5 oz. Pączki Day Vodka
- 3/4 oz. Vanilla Simple Syrup*
- 1/2 oz. Cocchi Americano (an Italian aperitif, pronounced, Coke-ey)
- 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients, shake and strain up into a coupe glass (champagne glass with a long stem and broad, shallow bowl) and garnish with a lemon twist

*Vanilla simple: Simple 1:1 sugar and water, then add 1/4 tsp vanilla paste per cup syrup. It doesn’t have to be heated; just stir well and blend.