Polish Vodka

Here’s some interesting news: As far back as 1534 in Poland, it was asserted in historical writings on herbs that Vodka would serve to “increase fertility and awaken lust.”

So, let’s drink a toast to Hartwig Kantorowizc who began producing Wyborowa vodka in 1823 in Eastern Poland.

Wyborowa is distilled from rye and flavored with Bison Grass or Buffalo Grass. It’s bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) and has a most unique and enigmatic flavour, but one can detect woodruff, vanilla, coconut and almond notes.

Herbal, crisp and smooth, this is the kind of drink that suits the times. You can drink it straight from the freezer in a shot glass or get fanciful.

Polish Waffle
Rim the glass with cinnamon, pour a little Maple Syrup in the glass and top with one oz.Vodka.

Polish Kiss
Shake together 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz. pineapple juice and ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with pineapple.

Szarlotka
2 oz. Vodka, mixed with apple juice and served in a tall glass with ice and a cucumber spear.

There are several lounges that specialize in bison grass vodka cocktails:

Samovar Room
15A Winchester St. at Parliament
416 925 4555

Proof Vodka Bar
220 Bloor St. W.
Intercontinental Hotel
416 324 6645

Rasputin Vodka Bar
780 Queen St. E.
416 469 3737

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