Zubrowka is an herb-flavored vodka that is distilled from rye and interestingly tastes great with apple juice, as it is traditionally had. The name comes from the Polish word for the bison that enjoy grazing the Bialowieza Forest. This fusion creates a uniquely sweet flavor that is unlike any other vodka.
There is some controversy over the FDA prohibition of the coumarin contained in this vodka (product of the bison grass). Zubrowka contains trace amounts of this mildly toxic compound and was banned at one time here in the US. Zuborwka has reintroduced it’s vodka in the US with a reformulated version, and I’m glad they did.
This aromatic and sweet vodka is definitely smooth and exceptional. It’s really hard to nail down the unique flavor of this vodka. It contains notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and almond. These flavors work so well with apple juice or cider, and maybe even mixed with more booze, like a hard cider. This creates a drink that is reminiscent of apple pie.
Here is a great recipe for enjoying Zubrowka.
ZU & Cider
2 parts ZU
4 parts hard cider
Mixed in a tall glass with ice and garnished with apple slices