Pass the Kvassier

Israel Morales, Kachka | Portland, OR

pass the kvassier cocktail kachka portland

At Portland’s traditional Russian zakuski (Russian small plates) restaurant, Kachka, Israel Morales mixes together brandy and rye kvass (a subtly alcoholic Eastern European beverage), which he calls a “natural marriage.”

For this three-ingredient cocktail, he uses Russian-brewed Ochakovskiy, a commercial kvass that tastes of molasses, and keeps it simple with a orange peel garnish. Think of it as the Russian sophisticate’s brandy and Coke.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 3 ounces Kvass Ochakovskiy
  • 3 ounces Kvass Ochakovskiy

Garnish: orange peel

  1. Add ingredients to a rocks glass.
  2. Add ice and stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel.