Applegrass- 1 1/4 oz. Bison Grass Vodka, 3/4 oz. dry Vermouth, 3/4 oz. Apple Brandy

22 Aug

I have been eyeing the zubrowka at the local liquor store, intrigued after reading about it at cocktailnerd, and as I like to keep things interesting using Arielle as a test subject for most drinks, combined with her fondness of vodka (despite my encouragement to drink gin against her doctors medical advice [juniper allergy]) it seemed to be a good candidate for some new drinks.

1 1/4 oz. Zubrowka (Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka)
3/4 oz. Apple Brandy (Clear Creek)
3/4 oz. Dry vermouth (Dolin)

The nose on the zubrowka is quite interesting, more vanilla/almond rather than grassy like I expected. This cocktail was quite good and surprising as the combination of tastes reminiscent of apple pie, brought ghost warm spice notes like cinnamon to the palate. Zubrowka originated in Poland, with the most popular drink being the tatanka, a 2-1 (though recipe varies) mix of apple juice and Zubrowka. It is also know as the “Frisky Bison”, and is often described as liquid apple strudel. Sounding a bit sweet for my taste, I found the Applegrass accomplished the strudel flavor combination without the need for juice, making for a great introduction to zubrowka.

If you want to go one step further look here for recipes to make your own zubrowka.

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