sparkling apple cider

The Polish Kiss

by Jen on May 20, 2011

One of my oldest friends Jessica came over and introduced me to this cocktail that stars Żubrówka, or Bison Grass Vodka.  Żubrówka, a traditional Polish spirit, is made from rye and flavored with – you guessed it – the grass that the bison munch on.

The traditional drink is made with apple juice, but on Jessica’s suggestion, we used sparkling apple cider for a less sweet variation.  Thank goodness we did!  Even without the apple juice, this is a drink to satisfy your sweet tooth.

I enjoyed how light and refreshing it was.  Tasted separately, the Żubrówka has a unique flavor that is almost nutty.   The word Żubrówka comes from the Polish word for grass and bison.  You can always find the Żubrówka among the other vodkas because the bottle contains a long strand of bison grass.

Jessica, the Żubrówka expert, assured me that this is not the best Żubrówka. I thought it was pretty good though!

The Polish Kiss

Stir 1 1/2 ounces Żubrówka with 1 1/2 ounces of apple juice or sparkling apple cider.  Jessica served it cold and up, but it would be good on ice on a hot day.

Jessica refused to take a photo with me, but I assure you, she was there.

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