Bottoms Up #47 – Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Bottoms Up #47 – Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka


The story of bison grass vodka reaches back to 14th century Poland and extends to today. There, in the forest of Bialowieza, the continent’s last herd of bison grazes upon sweet, aromatic bison grass. Containing a blade of grass in each bottle, Ginny Tonic and Charlie jump into tasting a bottle of ZU and craft a traditional cocktail with one of the world’s original flavored vodkas. What they find is a treat they are anxious to share.

Run Time: 9 Minutes, 30 Seconds
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Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka


The Official Word (via and wikipedia)

Żubrówka, also known in English as Bison Grass Vodka, is a 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 bison grass, which also gives the spirit its yellowish color. This grass grows in the Białowieża Forest and elsewhere. A blade of bison grass is traditionally placed in each bottle of Żubrówka, though this is largely decorative.

The name Żubrówka comes from żubr, the Polish and Belarusian (as well as Ukrainian and Russian) word for the European bison, which is particularly fond of eating bison grass.

The Cocktail We Try


2 ounce Żubrówka (Polish bison grass vodka)
4 ounces apple juice

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled double-rocks or highball glass. Stir until cold

Source via Cocktail Buzz:
Żubrówka (Polish Bison Grass Vodka) Should Be in Your Mixology Arsenal

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