’Mad Dog’ Polish Style Shot – A Drink Preparation Guide

Let me tell you about the origin of the Polish Mad Dog shot (or drink) – an iconic drink that’s taken the world by storm. You may be wondering about its roots, how it’s crafted, and why it’s renowned worldwide. If that’s the case, you’re in for a treat.

Mad Dog Origins – Western Pomerania, Poland

The Mad Dog’s journey begins in Western Pomerania. It was the 90s, and the first Mad Dog shot emerged in a local cocktail bar. Some believe Dariusz Ryżczak, a jazz club owner in Świnoujście, is the mastermind behind this creation. I think it’s worth mentioning that Dariusz was a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s films, which is where the name „Mad Dog” comes from.

From this point, the drink quickly spread throughout Poland. With its unique look and straightforward recipe, it became a popular choice in many cocktail bars. Want to know how to concoct a Mad Dog? Keep reading.

Polish Style Mad Dog – Ingredients

The Mad Dog is an uncomplicated shot with only three ingredients. Let me say, it’s a breeze to remember and whip up. Here’s what you need:

  • 25 ml pure vodka
  • 15 ml raspberry syrup
  • 3-4 drops of tabasco (If you prefer milder flavors, I suggest 3 drops. But, if you’re adventurous, add more. Just remember not to overdo it as Tabasco can overpower the drink.

The No-Fuss Mad Dog Recipe

Best Vodka Glasses for Mad Dog

I’m sure that you don’t need any fancy bartending tools or advanced skills to make a Mad Dog. All you need is a desire to create, top-notch ingredients, and a few vodka glasses.

Pour 1/3 of the glass – Syrup

Let’s start with the glasses. If you want, you can freeze them by popping them in the freezer, or fill them with ice and let them sit for about fitteen minutes. Once the glasses are frosty, pour in vodka, followed by raspberry syrup and Tabasco.

Fill the rest of the glass with vodka (use spoon as shown above) not to mix vodka and syrup.

Allow me to explain – it’s essential not to mix the drink. Wait until the thick syrup settles at the bottom, forming distinctive layers. Voilà! Your Mad Dog is ready to serve. You can modify this recipe to suit your taste, but remember to maintain a balance of flavors.

A Toast with the Mad Dog?

Add Tabasco – 1 to 5 drops depending on your taste

The Mad Dog’s unique look has led some people to compare it to the flag of the Republic of Poland. It’s for this reason that it’s often used for toasts during „national holidays.” I think it is worth saying that in 2020, this vibratn shot made appearances during various celebrations, such as Whit Sunday or Independence Day.

Mixing Up the Mad Dog

I believe in the magic of change, especially when it comes to cocktails and shots. So, I’m presenting you three alternative Mad Dog recipes to try out.

Before we get into the recipes, let’s talk about the method. First, you pour vodka into the glass, then gently add syrup. Make sure the glass is 1/3 filled with syrup and 2/3 with vodka. Finally, add 1-5 drops of Tabasco.

The Currant Twist

  • 25 ml pure vodka
  • 15 ml currant syrup
  • 1-2 drops of Tabasco

The Minty Fresh

  • 25 ml pure vodka
  • 15 ml mint syrup
  • 1-2 drops of Tabasco

The Blue Curacao Spin

  • 25 ml pure vodka
  • 15 ml blue curacao
  • 3-4 drops of Tabasco

I am sure that these variations of the Mad Dog will provide a new and exciting taste experience for you. So, if you need a break from the original recipe or just want to try something new, these recipes are perfect for you!

Remember, the joy of mixology is all about exploration and enjoyment. Happy mixing!


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