I’ve been in Poland long enough that I’m taking things for granted and saying things like, “Hmm, there are a lot of foreigners in town for this festival.” I remember how surprised I was the first time I tried this flavor combination. I’d ordered a vodka and tonic, but the waitress we’d been chatting with suggested I try one of her favorites – Zubrowka and apple juice which has the nickname, apple pie (szarlotka). Zubrowka, if you’re not familiar with it is a Polish vodka, lightly flavored with buffalo grass, hence the buffalo on the bottle.
I got to introduce my ol’ pal, Julie, to this drink over the weekend. It was so different than anything she’d tried before, and she loved it too, so it seemed like I should share the idea with you too. For full apple pie effect, try a dash of ground cinnamon on the top of your cocktail.
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.