Cocktails

Cocktails

By
Zuza Zak
Contains
9 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849497268
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Drinking neat vodka while eating zakąski is a Polish tradition, however, our wide variety of vodkas lend themselves readily to the creation of many fantastic cocktails.

A few years ago, Żubrówka was a rarity, now it’s on sale in many supermarkets, as is the high quality, clear Belvedere vodka. Krupnik (honey vodka) and Żołądkówka Gorzka (a bitter, digestif vodka, which is actually quite sweet) are less common, yet still available online. These are a good starting point, but there are many, many more wonderful vodkas from Eastern Europe, waiting to be discovered by the rest of the world. One of my favourites is the Ukrainian honey and chilli vodka, which cuts through warm food wonderfully. I was introduced to this when I was a student making the most of my long holidays in Poland. We were on the Ukrainian border visiting an artist friend who lived in an artfully dilapidated manor house, and we drank this honey and chilli vodka while eating a simple potato and cheese pie while we watched the sun set over glistening wheat fields on the horizon.

Some of these cocktail recipes are taken from my father’s cocktail repertoire, others are modernised interpretations of Polish cocktail classics and there are a few of my own invention thrown in for good measure. Unless otherwise stated the measurements are for one cocktail but you’ll probably want to double or triple them to make more than one cocktail at a time. You will need a cocktail shaker for many of them, but you can also use a large clean jar and a small sieve. If you choose to adopt the makeshift cocktail shaker, put some ice cubes in a lidded jar along with all the ingredients, close the lid and shake. Use a small sieve to strain the cocktail into a glass.

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