Polish Krupnik (Honey Spiced Vodka)
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Serves: 4 cups
Adapted from Polish Holiday Cookery, by Robert Strybel.
  • 1 cup (240 ml) honey
  • 1-inch piece vanilla bean
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 1-inch wide piece of lemon rind, white pith removed
  • 6 peppercorns, mixed colors
  • 1 cup (240 ml) boiling water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) 100-proof vodka
  1. In the saucepan, combine the honey, vanilla bean, cloves, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger, lemon rind, and peppercorns. Gradually bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently, then simmer until the honey just begins to brown. Stir in the boiling water and bring back to a boil. Remove from the heat and cover, then let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. (Make sure the saucepan is away from the stove and any flames to prevent a fire.) Stir in the vodka until fully blended. Then you can return the saucepan to the heat for 1 to 2 minutes, just enough to warm. Serve warm in cordial or other small glasses. You can make it up to a week ahead and store in a covered jar in a cool, dark place.
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medium saucepan
cordial glasses or other small glasses

Recipe Notes

This recipe for Polish krupnik is a quick version which can be served the same day or allowed to rest for a few days before serving. We use 100-proof vodka, which works well and keeps the liqueur from being harsh. You can almost make a well-fermented batch using Polish vodka (spirytus), other high-proof vodka, or 190-proof grain alcohol such as Everclear. This version steeps in a cool dark place for up to a year, plenty of time for the flavors to fuse and the strong characteristics of the alcohol to mellow.
Recipe by Andrea Meyers at https://andreasrecipes.com/polish-krupnik-honey-spiced-vodka-for-christmas-eve/