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Day 49, Cocktails 45 & 46

The Polish Fest countdown continues.  You know that this has to be the biggest, best Polish festival in the country when the web site is simply www.polishfest.org … no “Milwaukee” or any other modifier!

Tonight, I wanted to work something with Old Krupnik.  Krupnik is a traditional Polish liquor that has been around since the 1300’s.  It is distilled from grain and is flavored with honey and an unnamed host of herbs.  The Old Krupnik that I have at the Twilight Lounge comes from the Starogard distillery located in Gdansk.  It is honey flavored, but hints of all the other goodies inside hit you at different times when sipping. 

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), recipes that use Old Krupnik are few and far between.  I have one that I created a couple of years ago for Polish Fest that will be posted later this week.  Most of what my research turned up calls for apple juice, which I didn’t have.  Another common mixer with Old Krupnik seems to be ginger beer or ginger ale.  Now that did make sense, but I wanted to see if I could use the ginger flavored Domaine de Canton instead.  So after a couple of iterations, here’s what I was able to concoct:

  Chopin’s Honey

  • 1 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz Old Krupnik
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 3/8 oz Domaine de Canton

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with 4-5 ice cubes.  Stir until you can’t stir any more and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Between the Krupnik, Cointreau and Canton you have pretty sweet drink.  For me, I couldn’t drink these all night.  But having one before dinner will certainly help whet your appetite.  This vodka gives this cocktail its base while the honey of the Krupnik takes front and center.  The orange and ginger flavors of the Cointreau and Canton provide interesting undertones for you taste buds to discover.

Tonight’s second effort is similar but different (yeah, right…).  I found this recipe on line while looking doing a google search for Polish cocktails.  Incidentally, for the amount of vodka produced and consumed in Poland you’d think there would be more.  Apparently, the folks in the motherland just drink the stuff straight! 

  Rose of Warsaw

  • 1-1/2 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with 4-5 ice cubes.  Stir, stir, and stir some more.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

This drink really showcases the Luxardo.  Although I enjoy Luxardo, I wish I had dialed back to amount to maybe 1/2 oz so that the Chopin would have a chance to shine.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Have a favorite way you like your Polish vodka?  Let me know!

Cheers!

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