Surówka

Recipe by Michael Cadden

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 1 oz. Golden Beet & Celeriac Shrub*
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz. Kummel
  • 3 dashes Mustard Seed Tincture
  • 2 dashes Saffron Tincture

Preparation: Measure and mix all ingredients in a shaking tin, add fresh ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into Polish ceramic cup , garnish with pickled golden beet spear and enjoy.

Golden Beet & Celeriac Shrub

Measure by weight

  • 3 parts Golden Beets
  • 3 parts Celeriac
  • 2 parts Water
  • 6 parts Granulated Sugar

Shred beets and celeriac, add sugar and water and heat over med heat to 170 degrees, then chill. Add the same amount of lemon infused white balsamic vinegar as water, 2 parts. Refrigerate for one week, then fine strain. Use the same shrub to pickle beet spears.

Both tinctures are made with Wódka Vodka, and require infusing for 2 weeks;

Mustard seed tincture

By volume, take 1 part mustard seed to 2 parts Wódka, fine strain and use.

Saffron tincture

use a heavy pinch of Saffron to every 3 oz. of Wódka Vodka, fine strain and use.

Garnish: Pickled Golden Beet Spear

Glassware: Polish Ceramic Mug, 8oz.

Cocktail Inspiration:

My great grandmother immigrated here from Poland, and brought over long standing family recipes. One of these was Surówka, a root vegetable salad with lemon, vinegar and sugar. I made a shrub out of celeriac and golden beets, and used a balsamic white vinegar infused with lemon peel for a Surówka inspired shrub.

My inspiration for this cocktail was pairing one of my grandmother’s traditional Polish dishes with Polish vodka. My grandmother fled Poland for the chance of better opportunity in America, and because of the impending first world war. They didn’t have much to their names other than family stories, which included these traditional recipes. So I took their stories and brought them to life in a cocktail. It’s a small token of my appreciation for what they sacrificed to come to this country, and I hope it represents my family well.

This is a well balanced citrus, sweet, herbal cocktail, with distinct earthy middle tones that would remind my great grandmother of the homeland! With a healthy dose of Wódka Vodka to hold the cocktail together and add structure, this cocktail starts with an earthy aroma, the first sip starts with the balance of sweet versus the acid notes from the lemon and vinegar. Then the body moves in to hearty earthy notes from the root veggies, complimented by mustard and herbal kummel notes, then a refreshing lite finish of citrus and saffron. Take a bite of the pickled beet and start again!