Szklanka Ziaren

Recipe by Nick Stolte


  • 1.5 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • .75 oz. Malted Barley Syrup*
  • .5 oz. Manzanilla Sherry (Hidalgo La Gitana)
  • .5 oz. Aquavit (caraway forward such as blinking owl aquavit or california aquavit)
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 6 drops Saline Solution**

Preparation: Shake hard and short, double strain into coupe glass, garnish with dried barley flower.

Malted Barley Syrup

You can find malted or sprouted barley syrup at most health food stores. For this recipe I used Eden Foods brand found at Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley CA. Take the malted barley syrup and cut it 3:1 with water by weight (3 parts malted barley syrup 1 part water) Then cut that mixture 1:1 with 1:1 simple syrup . Simply whisk to combine (one part diluted barley syrup to one part 1:1 simple syrup).

**Saline Solution

10:1 (water to kosher salt) Simply whisk to dissolve.

Garnish: Dried Barley Flower

Glassware: Coupe Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

My inspiration behind this cocktail was from researching Poland’s agriculture. More than 60% of polish land is used for agriculture and out of that 60% the majority is used to grow cereal grains (rye, barley, oats and wheat) The cocktail name “szklanka ziaren” in Polish translates to “cup of grains” in English. I wanted to highlight two of those grains in this cocktail. The first being the Dankowskie rye used to produce Wódka and the backbone of this cocktail. The second being barley used as the sugar component of the cocktail. The salinity of the sherry and savoriness of the aquavit play with these grains bringing the cocktail full circle. The higher acid content of the sherry and barley syrup called for less acid in the cocktail as well as for lime, being a lower acid citrus. The barley syrup when aerated and diluted in a shaker creates a beautiful foam and cereal aroma. The cocktail is refreshing and savory keeping you wanting more after each sip, please enjoy!