There's much more to Polish drink than just vodka! Historically mead and beer were first. Today all are important with the addition of local specialities like sliwowica (slivovitz). And there's the whole unexplored world of nalewkas!
Zubrowka is perhaps that Polish vodka which most easily wins hearts of foreigners. So many times have we witnessed someone looking with joyful disbelief at their just-emptied, first-ever glass of Zubrowka, that we know that for sure. And we think we know how to explain that effect. It's simply that Zubrowka is not just another high-quality vodka.
Polish vodka "Bison Grass" Zubrowka also has a very distinctive taste, quite different from any other vodka. Although dry, Zubrowka has a delicate herbal flavor and slightly yellowish colour, thanks to the tincture of zubrowka grass added to the distillate. The grass lends its name to the vodka.
Polish vodka 'Zubrowka'
But why is there a bison (or buffalo if you will) on the vodka's label?
The explanation goes like this. “Zubr” is Polish for European Bison. And Polish bisons often feed on zubrowka grass. In each bottle of Zubrowka there is a genuine blade of the grass.
Polish vodka Zubrowka is meant to be enjoyed straight, but it is also drunk in cocktails. The most popular one in Poland is Zubrowka with apple juice. For reasons unknown it's called tatanka. Anyway you choose it, the vodka should be well chilled of course.
It is worth stressing that Zubrowka is not just another recent marketing creation. This type of vodka was invented as early as in the 17th century. It soon became popular with the Polish nobility. As a brand Zubrowka was registered in the 1930s.
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