Polish vodka Zubrowka and a minty-apple drink...

This is very refreshing and easy drink to make - perfect for long, hot summer evenings. I'm not giving you exact quantities for the apple juice, as it's completely up to you how strong you want it to be - the less the juice, the stronger the drink. Try it if you can, DO! 

Zubrowka is a rather strong vodka, but it has very nice and subtle taste. It's one of the very few vodkas I would actually drink, but then again - never on it's own, always in a drink of some kind. I know that you're all probably thinking, that being of Polish origins it means that I drink all kinds of vodkas and a lot of it - well, it's actually the complete opposite! Vodka, as an alcohol, isn't my first choice. I enjoy a nice glass of wine (red or white), Martini or G&T before I'll even think about something else.

Zubrowka with apple juice is very popular drink in Poland. It's easy and quick to make - simple combination of two liquids. I like it with a little twist - mint - and it has to be very cold. I know that some will also add a bit of ground cinnamon, making something called "apple pie drink" ;) Personally I haven't tried it, even though I love cinnamon.

"Żubrówka also known in English as Bison Grass Vodka, is a brand of dry, herb-flavored vodka that is distilled from rye and bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof). Its flavor is unique and is described as having woodruff, vanilla, coconut, and almond notes.The rye distillate is flavored with a tincture of buffalo grass (Hierochloe odorata), which also gives the spirit its yellowish color. This grass grows in the Białowieża Forest and elsewhere. A blade of buffalo grass is traditionally placed in each bottle of Żubrówka, though this is largely decorative. The name Żubrówka comes from żubr, the Polish, Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian word for the wisent (European bison), which is particularly fond of eating buffalo grass." - by Wikipedia.org

How to make it...

- 50 ml Zubrowka
- apple juice (depending on how strong you want it)
- few ice cubes
- lime or lemon slices
- 1 teaspoon mint liqueur or mint syrup (or even mint jelly as I did!)
- few fresh mint leaves


- Put your vodka, mint liqueur, ice cubes and lime/lemon slices into a drink shaker and shake very well for few seconds. 
- Pour your drink through a strainer into a serving glass filled with ice cubes
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves, few slices of lemon and serve immediately and enjoy!


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  1. Piłem takiego drina z odrobiną cynamonu i bez mięty też fajnie wchodzi i smakuje jak Babciny placek :D


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