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Day 54, Cocktail 50

Round one of Polish Fest is over, with round two to come later tonight.  The pierogies and stuffed cabbage rolls from Busia’s were great and a nod also goes to the potato pancakes (although they were not quite as good as my own homemade pancakes).  Among tonights festivities will be the vodka tasting, which I will report on in my next post.

Several years ago, I was getting ready for Polish Fest and fooling around with my first bottle of Old Krupnik.  After a few tweaks, the Stanski was born – one of my earliest original cocktails.  It is still a Polish Fest favorite at the Twilight Lounge.


  • 1 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz Old Krupnik
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • ginger ale

Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add the vodka, Krupnik and Peychaud’s.  Shake to mix and then strain into a rocks glass with 4-5 ice cubes.  Top with the ginger ale.


You really want me to drink this?

Day 52, Cocktail 49 

As previously mentioned, sometimes the drinks at the Twilight Lounge don’t work out so well.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I had noticed that apple juice was a common ingredient in a few of the meager number of Polish cocktail recipes using Old Krupnik that I had been able to find.  Being the explorer that I am (and an afficianado of the “boozy” drink – thanks Chad!) I thought “why not use Calvados instead of apple juice?”  The answer is simple…because Calvados doesn’t mix particularly well with Old Krupnik!  I used a base of Chopin vodka and varying amounts of Old Krupnik and Calvados.  But no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t come up with anything that I’d drink again, let alone serve my friends.  In the end, I threw the mix I had into a rocks glass over ice and tried adding ginger ale to make it palatable.  Yeah, like that really helped.  So, like a doctor that buries his mistakes, this little cocktail adventure will also be buried. 

Don’t despair though, tomorrow I will have a winner for you – the Stanski, which has been a Twilight Lounge staple for years. 


That's a fine looking mule there...

Day 50, Cocktail 47

I’ve done a couple of other mules previously, but figured it was time for a Polish twist (did I mention Polish Fest is this weekend?).  Really, like Mexico and Moscow are the only places that have mules?  I started thinking about this one last night as I was tinkering with the Old Krupnik and saw a variety of recipes that mixed it with ginger beer or ginger ale.  I tried two versions of this little number tonight and with Gwen’s tasting help (and she got the winner).  After talking through the pros and cons,  I settled on this final version.  So, without further adieu, the Polish Mule.

  Polish Mule

  • 1 oz Sobieski vodka
  • 1 oz Old Krupnik
  • ginger ale

In a collins glass mix the Sobieski and Old Krupnik together with 3 ice cubes.  Add 3-4 more ice cubes and top with ginger ale.  Garnish with a lime slice.

The honey flavor of the Old Krupnik and the ginger ale work very well together.  The vodka is used to give this drink the backbone it needs.  If I had used 2oz of Old Krupnik the honey flavor would have overwhelmed the ginger ale.  This makes a very nice summer cocktail that’s different from your run of the mill rum and cola or gin and tonic.  Try it and let me know what you think!


The Archies knew what they were singing about...

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 … 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!