Bawarka Okowita Tea/Aka: Bawarka Bear

Recipe by Mariangela Urquizo

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • .25 oz. St. George Pear Spiced Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Tzatziki*
  • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz. Ginger Honey**

Preparation: put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake, double strain into a double rocks glass or bear glass, on the rocks. Garnish with a stylized cucumber piece and mint sprig.

*Tzatziki

One juiced cucumber. Half cup of lemon juice. Half cup of simple syrup, 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt, one bunch of mint. Blend all together and strain through a filter.

**Ginger Honey

178 gr ginger chopped up. Skin still on. 1:1 ratio of honey and water in quart container. Blend all together in blender. Strain.

Garnish: Stylized Cucumber Wedge and Mint Sprig

Glassware: Double Rocks or a Bear Jar

Cocktail Inspiration:

The inspiration for this cocktail was to take elements of Poland’s beverage history and incorporate it into this cocktail. In contemporary times tea is the most popular non alcoholic drink. As well as daily beverages that incorporate milk and various herb infusions. The style of drinking tea with milk is called Bawarka. Okowita being another name for vodka in Poland. Instead of having a bawarka tea sweetened with sugar and honey, it incorporates vodka, spiced pear for the fall feeling, ginger honey for the herbal tea component, and a mint/cucumber yogurt base to act as the “milk” component.

It’s a surprisingly refreshing drink!

The name is Bawarka Okowita tea, but in short, Bawarka Bear! A honey bear jar being an emblem of comfort, honey, and teas!