Goldwasser

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Danziger Goldwasser (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 Danzig (Gdańsk).

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; while modern medicine disputes this, gold is known to be non-toxic to humans, unlike most other heavy metals. Since the flakes are extremely small and thin, the price is not prohibitive. When used as food additive, Gold is labelled as E175; see List of food additives, Codex Alimentarius.

The drink was invented by a Dutchman from De Lier, Ambrosius Vermöllen[1], who became a citizen of Danzig on 6 July 1598. Production moved in 1704 to new premises located in the Breitgasse. At that time it was common for houses to use animal symbols instead of numbers, and the new factory featured a salmon (German: Lachs) on the façade; hence the naming of the brand "Der Lachs zu Danzig".

Some reliable sources indicate that Russian Tsar Peter I the Great during his trip to Western Europe — the so called Grand Embassy — visited the city of Gdańsk (Danzig). He founded the official Russian consulate in Danzig (Gdańsk) and became a great lover of Danziger Goldwasser. He ordered permanent delivery of Goldwasser to Russia for himself.

As the Free City of Danzig and East Prussia were separated from Germany after World War I by the Polish corridor, the Der Lachs company opened in 1922 an additional factory in Berlin to supply the main part of Germany and international markets with their products Danziger Goldwasser and Krambambuli from there. After 1945, when the city became part of Poland, only the Berlin factory continued to produce genuine Danziger Goldwasser.

It is possible to buy the original brand of Danziger Goldwasser in the old town of Gdansk, imported from Nörten-Hardenberg by Hardenberg-Withen AG. The original Goldwasser distillery, though not operational, remains intact and is now home to the exclusive restaurant "Pod Łososiem" (The Salmon).

Various Polish brands from Gdańsk sell similar drinks called Gdańska Złotówka (Gdańsk gold) or Złota Woda (Gold water).[citation needed]

Legend has it that when King Sigismund II Augustus visited Gdańsk in 1549 after his coronation, part of the city's homage to the monarch was a gift of Goldwasser, and he is said to have sung the praises of the golden drink often along the rest of his tour.

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