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Krupnik - The Fire Vodka

"This is the perfect drink for a cold winter's day, whether after some strenuous winter sports or simply to cheer you up! I always enjoy making it and make sure to use only the best Vodka and honey. My preference is for a fine Potato Vodka." says Richard.

Ingredients:
1- 1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
8 sticks cinnamon
2 whole cloves
3 strips lemon peel
1 bottle vodka

Directions:
Combine honey with the water, vanilla, spices and the lemon peel in a large saucepan. Bring this to a boil. Cover, and simmer for about 5 min. Add vodka, move from the heat. Serve hot or cold.

 

Cytrynówka - Lemon Vodka

This is one of Romek Kresinski's recipes. Romek can best describe it himself.

"This version contains more orange than lemon, but the fragrance of the lemon asserts itself.  The sweetness isn't too great, but by all means add more sugar if you wish to make it more like the 'real' thing. "

Ingredients:
500 ml vodka

2 large oranges
1 large lemon
1 tbsp granulated white sugar

Directions:
Remove peel from the fruit, taking care to avoid the bitter white pith.  Put peel in a securely lidded jar with the sugar, and pour vodka over.  Infuse for about three hours, or until sugar dissolves, swirling occasionally.  Strain whole through kitchen paper into a bottle, and store in a cool, dark place for a week or two, by which time the proteins will have coagulated and settled out.  If not, stand for longer.  Filter again through kitchen paper.

 

 

Bydło w Sadzie - Żubrówka with Apple Juice

Another one of Romek's:

”This is my version of this recent hit drink.  Most Poles drink this as a 50:50 mixture, but that's because they take Żubrówka as passe, and don't appreciate the shocking - shocking!! - taste that grass imparts upon the Westtern palate.  I've been on two recent booze cruises to Calais with some folks from a known company - well travelled people, all of them - aand the Scots loved Żubrówka.  The English didn't.  If you like the grassy Żubrówka experience, drink it cold and neat or, as I occasionally do, follow this recipe, which uses apple juice as a fragrance, much like martini does vermouth.  Feel free to add more apple juice if you feel particularly English.  Or Polish.  I'm with the Scots.”

Ingredients:
500 ml Bison Grass Vodka (Żubrówka)
apple juice

Directions:
Chill both vodka and apple juice to 0-4 degrees C along with some shot glasses.  Rinse each glass with apple juice, pour a single measure of vodka into each glass and serve immediately.  Repeat at leisure.

 

Krem z Jajek i Wanilii - Advokaat

Romek strikes again!

I've controversially arrogated a Polish flag to this recipe, because they do produce and drink 'Advocaat' in Poland, but also because Poland is just about the only place I know where they make ice-cream from it.  However, this recipe makes a creamy, rich, adaptable and forgiving version, equally suitable as an after-dinner drink.  Feel free to substitute you own favourite spirit, at your own risk - cognac or jarzębiak  (rowanberry vodka) would be best, but I've used a straight vodka here, just to make sure it works well.  It does.  As with many egg dishes, the sequence of addition seems important: if done in reverse, you will be left with an unappetising lumpy mess which takes months for the egg proteins to unwrap and re-wrap so as to emulsify the alcohol.”

Ingredients:
20 eggs
24 rounded tsp sugar (white or brown)
1 tsp vanilla essence
350 ml vodka (or your favourite spirit)

Directions:
Crack eggs and separate yolks from whites, especially the stringy white 'beards'.  Use the whites for souffle or some other dish.  Place yolks in a small colander over a funnel placed in a stoppered bottle, and puncture yolk membranes.  Leave to drain into the bottle, gently easing the membranes away from the holes to aid the process (don't push anything through the holes).  After an hour or so, the final residue, consisting mostly membrane, should only be a teaspoon or so.  Put the stopper in the bottle, shake, and add the sugar in three batches.  Shake between each addition.  Add the vanilla essence, and then the vodka in three batches, as before.  Don't worry about the odd lump here and there.  Let stand at least one week, but preferably eight.  One day before serving, season the Krem with extra vanilla, sugar, or alcohol (unlikely!), and strain through a fine metal kitchen sieve into a bottle.  Chill to cool (not cold) and serve in small stemmed glasses.

Nalewka na Śliwkach - Plum Vodka

"I discovered this one in 'The Art of Polish Cooking' by Alina Żerańska. It's very simple and tasty - or a great recipe to experiment with" says Richard.

Ingredients:
1/2 pound Plums, pitted, sliced
6 cups Vodka

Directions:
Add the plums to the vodka. Let stand for 6 weeks. Shake every second day. Strain through a piece of cotton. Serve ice cold.

 

Likier Czekoladowy - Chocolate Liqueur

"Again from 'The Art of Polish Cooking', this one's for those with a very sweet tooth!".

Ingredients:
5 egg yolks
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 2/3 cups vodka
1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy. Add the syrup. Add the vodka and mix. Whip the cream. Add to the liqueur. Serve after dinner.

 

Pomarańczówka - Orange Vodka

"This Orange Vodka takes a little longer to prepare than Romek's Lemon Vodka, but it's worth the effort. Substitute Lemons for the Oranges to make a Cytrynówka, or experiment with a mix of the two."

Ingredients:
Rind of 1 orange, sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
1 quart vodka

Directions:
The orange rind has to be cut thin, almost transparent. Add the lemon rind and sugar to vodka. Let stand for 4 days. Strain. Serve ice cold with hors d'oeuvres.

 

Zbojnicki - A Bloody Mary

"This Bloody Mary recipe is from the Polmos Kraków Web site. They have a few others there, and their site is well presented." - Richard.

Ingredients:
40 ml Swojska Potato Vodka
5 ml lemon juice
50 ml tomato juice
salt, pepper or paprika according to discretion
slice of lemon for decoration
ice cubes

Directions:
Combine the Vodka, lemon juice and ice cubes in a shaker and shake well. Pour in a tall glass. add the tomato juice, salt, pepper & paprika. Add slice of lemon.

 

Waterfront Apple Martini

"I came across this one while surfing the web one day - unfortunately I never saved the web site. It sounded delicious, so I tried it and it was! I just have a note that it's 'from the Watrerfront Ale House, NYC'." - Richard

Description:
Marinate 1 pear, 2 green & red apples, cored and cut into pieces, 2 cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon in one liter of vodka. Steep over night.

 

Cracovia Silver Ace

"Another one from the Polmos Kraków web site." - Richard

  • 40 ml Cracovia Supreme Vodka
  • 50 ml grapefruit juice
  • white of egg
  • sugar syrup
  • mix with ice cubes in shaker