Hamtramck, Michigan’s New Palace Bakery is collaborating with Detroit City Distillery to celebrate Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday) in a special way. Paczki Day Vodka is back, and this year’s batch of the ultra-unique, limited-edition alcoholic spirit, made with fresh raspberry paczki from New Palace Bakery, will go on sale on Friday, February 3 at 8 am CST online at Detroit City Distillery’s website. Bottles are $35 each.
A public party will celebrate the release at the Tasting Room in Detroit’s Eastern Market, beginning at 4 pm, where buyers can start picking up their online orders in-person. This year, a limited quantity of Paczki Day Vodka will also be available for direct-to-consumer shipping via DCD’s partners in select states nationwide.
Last year, the distillery sold out of the vodka in under 72 hours. Due to a high number of requests, it anticipates another fast sellout in 2023.
“It’s been incredible to see Paczki Day Vodka become a tradition within Michigan’s Polish community and watch the sensation grow nationwide,” says Michael Forsyth, co-owner of Detroit City Distillery. “People travel from all over America to get their hands on this once-a-year spirit and celebrate with their Polish comrades. It’s a special thing when a spirit brings people together. This year, we’re excited to get Paczki Day Vodka to more Polish communities across the country via partnerships that support direct-to-consumer shipping so we can continue to gauge the demand nationwide.”
Paczki Day Vodka is made by distilling fresh raspberry paczki in 100 percent potato vodka from Poland and Michigan in a 500-gallon copper pot still. The result is a crystal-clear one-of-a-kind, spirit that is smooth, buttery and has a distinct raspberry finish. It can be enjoyed chilled over ice, mixed in a cocktail or as a paczki chaser.
“There are only two ingredients: vodka and paczki. There are no artificial ingredients, flavors or sweeteners that you find in mainstream flavored vodka. The goal is to make a true craft spirit that highlights the taste of these perfectly handmade, glazed raspberry pączki from Hamtramck. It’s like a Paczki Day Party in a bottle,” adds Forsyth. “At 88 proof, it’s ultra-smooth, and you can really taste the raspberry and buttery pastry of the paczki.”