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Bison Grass Julep


Bison Grass Julep

Bison grass vodka’s amazing grassy, floral and chamomile notes lift this julep to another level. Mixed with peach liqueur, passion fruit, lemon and apple juice, the Bison Grass Julep is a gorgeous and refreshing drink, perfect for a spring or summer cocktail menu.

Bison Grass Vodka, Peach Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Syrup, Passionfruit.

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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This twist on the classic mint julep uses Bison Grass vodka in place of the usual bourbon and adds apple juice, peach liqueur and passion fruit for a wonderfully fruity summertime smash.

If you’re planning a mobile bar hire during the warm summer months a cocktail like this could be a great way to cool off.

Juleps and smashes are made with crushed ice, and mixed in the container they are served in, this means they are quick and easy for bartenders to prepare, helping to keep your guests happy and their glasses full. This drink would feature brilliantly alongside other, classic, julep style drinks.

You may want to consider the originator of this style of cocktail: the Mint Julep. This American favourite features bourbon, mint and sugar mixed with crushed ice to create a refreshing, light but complex cocktail, combining the rich spicy warmth of bourbon and the cool zing of mint.

Bison Grass vodka comes from Poland and has a mellow, floral, almost sweet flavour, this makes it an excellent choice to elevate classic vodka cocktails. If you’d like to feature some other vodka classics, using this unique spirit it is classically paired with apple juice, so something like an Apple Vanilla Martini could be perfect.

This fruity spin on the classic martini features apple juice and vanilla syrup to create a moreish cocktail with the soft sweetness of vanilla and the bite of sharp organic apple juice.

If you’re eager to include a Bison Grass Julep on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what cocktails could be good to serve alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser to find out more about your options, or check out some other vodka-based, summery and julep style cocktails from our list.


This particular julep is a house recipe, created by our talented bar team, but the Julep is an old classic created over a hundred years ago. 

Jerry Thomas features five Julep recipes in the 1862 edition of his Bar-tenders Guide.

Whilst the Julep was most likely created in the southern United States sometime during the eighteenth century, it’s name comes from the Spanish ‘julepe’ which comes from Spanish Arabic and means ‘rose-water.’ This may be a reference to the Middle eastern culture of infusing herbs and sugars in water or  spirits.  

The classic Mint Julep is a semi sweet cocktail served over cracked ice, churned and muddled with mint, it has fresh herbaceous qualities and some dark, dried fruit and molasses flavours from the bourbon. The Julep may originally have been a drink that was used as a vehicle for medicine, and has written references to curing ‘sickness in the stomach’. The Julep was also enjoyed with gin or brandy as a base spirit. Now the Julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby.

Myths & Legends

The Julep originated as a drink of the aristocracy, who could afford the ice and silver cups. Traditionally they used brandy as a base. After the civil war, due to the south being badly affected, they were forced to use bourbon as a cheaper and more widely available base, especially as the phylloxera virus had decimated the grape vines in France and drastically raised the price of brandy.


Whilst Zubrowka is fairly common in the UK gracing the shelves and back-bars of most drinking establishments, bison grass vodka is actually illegal in the united states due to a chemical contained in bison grass known as coumarin which has a mild blood thinning property. The NY Times posted an interesting article on Zubrowka and the product they created especially for the US market, Zu. 

NY Times – Polish Vodka Arrives With a Wisp of Grass


Ingredients & Equipment

Zubrowka is your only real choice for a good bison grass flavoured vodka.


  • 40ml Bison Grass Vodka
  • 10ml Peach liqueur
  • 12.5ml Vanilla Syrup
  • ¼ of a Lemon, Squeezed
  • ½ a Passion Fruit
  • Passion fruit half for Garnish


  • Jigger/Measure
  • Bar Spoon
  • Julep Tin
  • Crushed Ice
  • Take your julep tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, peach liqueur and vanilla syrup to the tin
  • Using your hands, squeeze the juice of your lemon wedge in with the other ingredients and put the squeezed wedge in too
  • Using your bar spoon, scoop in the flesh and seeds of half a passion fruit
  • Fill your tin with crushed ice
  • Covering the top of the tin with your hand, and using your bar spoon, churn the drink, making sure to scoop everything up from the bottom, for 10-15 seconds
  • Cap the drink with a pile of crushed ice, using your hand to form it into a dome
  • Garnish with the other half of your passion fruit and serve with a straw
  • Fold a napkin in half diagonally and wet the outer corners, stick the wet corners to the outside of the cold tin to give your drink a jacket
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.