Zubrowka Vodka

(Bison Gras vodka)

Recipe for 1 litre (quart) vodka 40%bv

  • 1g (5-6 blades of fresh bison grass, 25cm)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 litre vodka 40%bv
Cut grass into 3-4 cm lengths and macerate in bottle of vodka for about 2 weeks. Filter, add sugar. Place a blade of bison grass in the final bottle for decoration.

You can also use dried bison grass (Hierochloe odorata):

Zubrowka (using dried bison grass)
  • 10g dried bison grass
  • 170ml vodka 50%bv
  • 420ml vodka 95%bv ('Spirytus')
  • 570ml water
  • 5g sugar (1 tsp)
Make an essence by macerating the dried bison grass in 170ml of 50%bv vodka for about 2 weeks. Add 15ml of this bison grass essence to 420ml of 95%bv vodka, 570ml water and 5g sugar.

It appears that each each gram of fresh bison grass has about 12mg of coumarin, the flavoring agent which also has an anti-coagulant property.

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