The first alcoholic drink is making its appearance on my website! Let’s celebrate the beginning of the weekend with an awesome mix of bison grass vodka and apple juice. Traditional bison grass vodka is, though it won’t sound good, very close to my heart 🙂 Not only because of it’s great flavor with woodruff, vanilla and almond notes but also because it’s basically from my region. Żubrówka (bison grass vodka) is flavored with a tincture of bison grass that also gives it a characteristic yellowish color. The idea of adding bison grass for extra flavor goes back to the 14th century (!) Żubrówka is manufactured since the 16th century.
The name Żubrówka comes from the word żubr, meaning European bison. This animal inhabits an area about 150 km South of my hometown in Poland and is a big fan of bison grass, which as you probably guessed by now, was named after bison. This magical place is called Białowieża National Park and it looks like an enchanted forest. You should definitely put it on your list when visiting Eastern Europe. Fun fact: The Chronicles of Narnia movie was shot there!
Now, after a short geography lesson let’s get back to drinking, it’s the weekend after all. Żubrówka is traditionally mixed with apple juice. Sometimes I mix it with one part apple juice and one part sprite since that vodka it’s pretty sweet on its own. I put few ice cubes in a shaker together with 1 part żubrówka and 2 parts apple juice. I added a lemon slice in each to make it more refreshing, some extra ice cubes and a splash of sprite but the last step is optional. Cheers!
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- Żubrówka (Bison grass vodka)
- Apple juice
- Lemon slices
- Apple slices for garnish (optional)
- Sprite (optional)
- In a shaker mix one part bison grass vodka and one part apple juice.
- Pour in glasses, add a lemon slice. Add a splash of Sprite on top, if you’d like.
- Decorate with apple slices. Cheers!