Pass the Kvassier

Israel Morales, Kachka | Portland, OR

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
  • 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.