I've heard and read about Krupnik before, and when I was in Poland this past Fall, I had some. I knew then that I had to make some. Krupnik is a honey and grain alcohol based liqueur, popular in Poland and Lithuania (where it's called Krupnikas). I've searched the Internet and found many, many recipes, each with its own variation. And so after careful thought and research, I came up with my own. I made it last night. It is wonderful.
And now, you can make it too. here it is:
Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup honey and bring just to a boil.
Add all of the following (mix or match as is your pleasure!):
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 12 allspice berries
- 1 whole vanilla bean, split
- the peel of one Orange (use a peeler to get just the peel without the white pith)
- 12 peppercorns
- 12 juniper berries
- once chunk of nutmeg (about 1/4 of a whole one)
- 12 cloves
Cover and let steep for 30 minutes so the flavors meld.
Warm back up to near boiling and slowly add 2 1/2 cups of good quality Polish Vodka (I used Sobieski). Be careful, alcohol and flames to not mix! Do not boil!
Once very warm, strain through a very fine strainer, or though six layers of cheesecloth, or through a coffee filter.
Krupnik is traditionally served warm, but may also be served cold. Bottle it and store it in a cool place. You'll notice some sediment may settle to the bottom, that's fine. When ready to serve, warm gently and pour carefully so as not to disturb the sediment.
That's all there is to it. You'll have about 750 ml of one of the world's most delicious drinks. Drink responsibly! Bardzo Smaczne!