J.A. Baczewski Vodka Soda
Whenever I fly through Warsaw airport, I’m lucky that the LOT lounge carries my favorite vodka. This Baczewski vodka soda is my go to mixed drink while waiting for my next flight. In fact, the above picture is taken in the LOT inter-Schengen lounge. While there is no bartender in the lounge, it’s pretty easy to mix a vodka soda yourself.
While a vodka soda does not really need a recipe, I more or less want to talk about the specific vodka and why I’m making a post called Baczewski vodka soda. If you’ve followed the blog for a while and seen some of my other posts, you may know that I live in Lviv, Ukraine. Well, this just happens to be the home of Baczewski vodka which was founded here in 1782.
Why do you get it in a Polish airport lounge instead of from the grocery store, Cody? Is a question you may be thinking. The answer is two-fold. 1. It is free in an airport lounge, and I will rarely pay for something if I can get it for free, and 2. My city used to be part of Poland, but when the land was ceded to Ukraine then the factory moved to present day Poland. Of course, actual history is more complicated than that. You can find the full history on the company’s website.
Baczewski Vodka Soda Recipe
1 slice Lemon
1 slice Lime
75 ml J.A. Baczewski Vodka
75 ml Club Soda
For this ‘recipe’ I muddle a slice of lemon, and a slice of lime in a rocks glass. I then add a few ice cubes. 75 ml of Vodka, and 75 ml of Club Soda (soda water). No need to stir.
This is not a weak amount of alcohol, but it does not taste overpowering either. Baczewski is a potato vodka, which I find to be much more smooth than a standard grain based vodka. If you want to use the same ratio with a Smirnoff or something, you may actually taste the vodka.
In case you can’t tell by the blog’s recent recipes, I have been slowly making my way back home from our month in Indonesia. This mixed drink is a lot easier than trying to make my last cocktail post: a Kaffir Lime Colada.