Vodka has been closely associated with Poland for a very long time. In fact, Poles are second only to Russians when it comes to the amount of vodka consumed per capita in the world. Since the drink is so popular, you will find that there are so many different kinds of Polish vodka brands available. People also consume it differently depending on their personal preferences.
This post is all about the Polish mint vodka recipe. Miętówka is surprisingly easy to make at home and it can be served in a couple of different ways. Poles however will tell you that the mint vodka tastes best solo. If you want to pair it with something then try water, tea, or ice cream. Before you ask, yes! The creamy texture of the ice cream pairs extremely well with the minty tang of the Polish mint vodka.
Polish Mint Vodka Recipe (Miętówka)
Part I – Wash And Dry The Mint
It is important to dry the mint so that there isn’t any excess water in the recipe. This would dilute the vodka and detract from the taste.
Part II – Smash The Mint
Use a clean jar or vessel for this next step. Place the clean dry mint in here. Smash the mint. You can use a potato masher or any other tool for this. Smashing the mint will help release the strong mint flavor from the leaves. This will then be absorbed very easily by the vodka.
Part III – Cover With Distilled Spirit
Part IV – Twist Off The Jar And Place In A Cold Dark Place
Seal the jar and place it aside for 7 days. This is how long the liquor will take to absorb the mint flavor. The jar should be kept in a cool dark place.
Part V – Strain The Liquor
Once 7 days have passed, strain the liquor. You will find that the mint is dry and crumbly. This is because the liquor has absorbed all the fluid from the leaves.
Part VI – Dissolve The Sugar In Hot Water
In a pot boil 2 cups of water and add in 1 ½ cup of sugar. Stir till it dissolves. Allow it to cool.
Part VII – Mix The Mint Liquor With The Sugar Water
Part VIII – Pour The Mint Vodka Into A Bottle
Ensure that the bottle is clean and dry. It should have a lid that forms a tight seal. Pour the mint vodka in the bottle and store it.
FAQs About Polish Mint Vodka Recipe
How Long Should Polish Mint Vodka Be Stored Before Serving?
Generally speaking, you can serve the Polish mint vodka immediately after it has been strained. It tastes best if it is allowed to rest for 3 months. That is why people make it in advance and store it in a cool storage place after making it.
How Do You Serve Polish Mint Vodka?
Most people love Polish mint vodka neat. Not everyone drinks vodka neat though and if you are one of those people, you can pair the mint vodka with tea or ice cream. You can even serve it with water.
What Grains Are Used To Make Polish Vodka?
Polish vodkas are made of different kinds of grain. Generally speaking, you will find that they are made out of wheat, or potatoes.
What Are Other Popular Flavors Of Polish Vodka?
Polish vodka is served in a variety of flavors. These can be made at home or purchased from a store. Here are a couple of different flavors that you may enjoy.
- Red currant
- Salty caramel
- 2 cups (500ml) of distilled spirit
- 3-5 handfuls of fresh mint
- 1 ½ cup (300g) of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- Wash and dry the mint.
- Place the mint in a clean jar/vessel and smash (using the potato masher, or any other tool).
- Cover with distilled spirit.
- Twist off the jar and place it in a cold, dark place.
- Wait for 7 days, then strain the liquor.
- In a pot, dissolve sugar in hot water. Allow to cool.
- Mix mint liquor with sugar mixture.
- Pour mint vodka into the bottle.
The mint vodka is ready to serve right away, however, it tastes best after at least 3 months of resting.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 19gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g
These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix