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Green Bison – refreshing summer cocktail recipe

After what looked like a never-ending winter in Melbourne, we finally have some proper summer weather. I’ll take heatwave over windy winter any day! Seating on my balcony, working or reading, with a refreshing summer cocktail in hand is where you can find me on most sunny days. I even call it “my balcony office”.

For those hot days, I created the Green Bison. A fresh cocktail, inspired by my favourite cocktail from my favourite bar in Brisbane. It’s based on one of the best Polish vodkas – Żubrówka (bison grass vodka) and doubles as a boozy fruit salad.

Refreshing summer cocktail recipe

Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail):

  • Soda Stream lemonade flavour
  • 2cm slice of cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 kiwi fruit, coarsely chopped
  • 1 thick slice of lime, halved
  • 40ml of Żubrówka (Polish bison grass vodka)
  • a handful of ice cubes


  1. Prepare sparkling lemonade: fizz a bottle of water and add lemonade flavour. Mix and chill well.
  2. Smash the cucumber and kiwi in a bowl (I used a wooden honey dipper to do so) and pour to a glass together with the juices.
  3. Squeeze half of a lime slice into the glass. Put the other half slice & slice of cucumber in the glass for decoration.
  4. Pour 40ml of Żubrówka over the fruit. Cover with ice cubes.
  5. Top with 1/2 cup of lemonade.


After you finish drinking, grab a small fork or a spoon and enjoy the boozy kiwi & cucumber salad.
If you don’t have access to Żubrówka, a good gin will work too.

Soda Stream Power machine was gifted to me by Soda Stream. Thank you!

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