Those hot summer rays got you down? Don't worry, we've got a perfectly refreshing solution: the delicious combination of ZU Bison Grass Vodka (Żubrówka) and hard apple cider.
Bartenders and consumers across the U.S. have been falling for the unique flavor and craftsmanship of ZU, the legendary bison grass vodka, first created over 600 years ago in Poland. And in a very American twist on the traditional Polish combination of ZU with apple juice—called the Szarlotka—some of the country’s best bartenders are using hard ciders in their ZU Bison Grass Vodka cocktails. The results are knockouts.
“These cocktails are great twists on the classic Szarlotka,” says Daniel Undhammar, ZU’s Global Brand Ambassador. “They’re all delicious, refreshing and perfect for the summer.”
So check out four mouth-watering cocktails made by four master mixologists that combine the smooth flavor of ZU with the fruity fizz of hard apple cider—there's no better way to beat the heat.
Thirsty? Keep it light with this all-in-one-glass cocktail, from top San Francisco bartender Brian Means. It combines ZU Bison Grass Vodka with a touch of white vermouth, fresh lime juice and, of course, a couple of measures of Square Mile Hard Cider. But this drink wouldn't be complete without fresh fruit and mint sprig. Your summer parties just got thirstier.
View recipe: The Grassland Wallow
In this enticing concoction from top Miami bartender Rob Ferrara, the botanicals of Pimms No.1 play ping-pong with the notes of vanilla and coconut from ZU Bison Grass Vodka. Just add a hit of fresh lemon juice and a touch of hard cider to complete this refreshing highball.
View recipe: The Mary Mac
Still can't get enough ZU Bison Grass Vodka and hard apple cider? You're in luck: In this cocktail from all-star New York mixologist Naren Young, ZU pairs wonderfully with pear brandy, cider, fresh lemon juice and honey syrup. You'll crave this delightful drink on boiling hot afternoons.
View recipe: Spiced Apple Fizz
What do you get when you combine ZU Bison Grass Vodka, Amaro Montenegro and hard apple cider? This regal cocktail, thought up by respected Denver bartender Sean Kenyon. It's piquant and cooling—both qualities of a great summer drink. Plus, when you drink it, you'll feel like nobility.
View recipe: The Count of Żubrówka