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Buffalo Grass vodka

MIss G Jan 6, 2007 02:00 AM

I remember growing up and not only having Catholic Easter at my house but being invited to my mom's friends' house for Russian Orthodox Easter. Along with the all the terrific Russian food, there were several types of Buffalo Grass vodka out on the table and it was "polite" to sit and have a thimble sized shot of this vodka with our friends' mother. Has anyone seen this type of vodka, where can I find it? Thanks

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  1. MMRuth RE: MIss G Jan 6, 2007 02:02 AM

    I don't know where you are, but I think it is generally available in the NYC area - I was surprised. Also found it when I lived in DC. I think the one I'm familiar with may have been Polish - could be wrong.

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      MIss G RE: MIss G Jan 6, 2007 06:05 AM

      In the San Francisco Bay Area.....but willing to order...

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        MMRuth RE: MIss G Jan 6, 2007 01:49 PM

        I realized that I was thinking of Bison Grass vodka - is that what you meant? If so, here's a link to a maker - if you email them they'll send you a list of retailers in your area:


      2. MC Slim JB RE: MIss G Jan 6, 2007 07:27 PM

        I think the stuff you're talking about is Żubrówka, which is actually Polish/Belarusian in origin. Bison grass gives it its distinctive herby flavor. It disappeared in the USA for a while because bison grass naturally contains a banned food additive. Distillers now make a reforumulated (read: artificially-flavored) version that can be sold here.

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          Captain RE: MIss G Jan 7, 2007 02:32 AM

          My father had a bottle of Zubrowka in his liquor cabinet for many years, which had bison grass in the bottle. Great stuff.

          1. MOREKASHA RE: MIss G Jan 7, 2007 01:52 PM

            Zubrowka is the most widely distributed brand of this style that I know of. What is sold in the US though, has the grass "neutralized" and the essence of the grass added to the vodka. What is sold in Europe is the original and the "real"deal. However, I found that there can be an allergic reaction to the orinal grass infused vodka.

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              MC Slim JB RE: MOREKASHA Jan 7, 2007 06:02 PM

              Bison grass contains the compound coumarin, which was banned as a food additive by the FDA in the late 70s. It's mildly toxic to the liver and kidneys (unless you're a rat, in which case it is lethal). Only coumarin-free Żubrówka can be legally exported to he USA.

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              tdo ca RE: MIss G Jan 10, 2007 02:46 AM

              Is this generally consumed room temperature? I think I heard that -

              (good to know the bottle I got from Poland will kill rats - I hope I'm safe)

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                spades RE: tdo ca Jan 10, 2007 03:13 AM

                I have mine in the freezer as we speak. I like it better, but I guess personal preferences will dictate.

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                MIss G RE: MIss G Jan 10, 2007 10:35 PM

                It might be Bison Grass...it's been a few years....at Russian Easter, it was drunk at room temp but I like my vodka straight out of the freezer too. Thanks for all the info! Cheers!

                1. wineguy7 RE: MIss G Jan 19, 2007 04:49 AM

                  Try some of the Russian stores on Geary Blvd.

                  1. Olivia RE: MIss G Jan 19, 2007 11:39 PM

                    Does anyone know if the version in Canada is the sanitized or real version? I love that stuff!

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                      Orphan RE: MIss G Feb 3, 2007 02:18 PM

                      I tried the stuff and really hated it. I guess if you add enough mixers to it, it'll taste ok

                      1. bkhuna RE: MIss G Feb 20, 2007 07:33 PM

                        I use to drink the real deal overseas and liked it. The stuff they sell in the States isn't enjoyable.

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