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lanaire
07-15-2013, 09:17 PM
Krupnik, or Honey Vodka. For the love of all that is good on this earth, I swear you have to make this.

Disclaimer: the original recipe and most of the following words come from here:
http://thehairpin.com/2012/12/how-to-make-krupnik-an-old-timey-polish-honey-spice-cordial

I added a few notes of my own to the original and took out some of the random filler words from the above link, and added pictures. because I can :D

I have made three batches so far. the first one was with vodka, and we drank it before I can make the second two. wow. seriously this is amazing stuff. the second two batches I made, I did one with vodka and one with everclear like the original actually calls for. that one smells so damn strong alcohol wise I am almost afraid to touch it! I am no lightweight, but I think that one would still knock me over in no time flat!!!

also. word to the wise. even after filtering it several times through many many layers of cheesecloth you will have a settling of sediment. our first batch we were pouring it off carefully. hmm. really good but not strong. then we hit the stuff at the bottom. WOOWZER. never mind the sediment, its all the good stuff anyhow, and give that jar a shake!!!
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Krupnik

What you’ll need:


Vodka (four cups). Right. this is the part I forgot to read. and somehow figure that 750mL was four cups. no it is not. but it still worked just fine
Liquid honey (two cups) I cheated and used the 1kg little squeeze bottles. measure--shmeasure. looked close enough, and if two are good well then if there is more it will be better right??? :D
Vanilla pod. definitely. no cheaping out here. and when you are done throw that piece of yumminess right back into the jar you are filtering the krupnik into
Cinnamon sticks
Nutmeg
Cloves
Mace
Allspice, whole or ground
Whole peppercorns
One orange
One lemon
A funnel
Some new cheesecloth
Some pots



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Here's how to make it:

STEP ONE

First, assemble your spices.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/krupnik.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/krupnik.jpg.html)

Put a cup of water in a pot, and then add:

Half a vanilla pod, split down the middle (lets the yumminess ooze out better)
One cinnamon stick
A teaspoon of nutmeg
Twelve-ish cloves
A pinch or two of mace
Five-ish pieces of whole allspice or, for you less committed types, one heaping teaspoon of ground allspice (although the more ground spice you use, the more sediment you are going to have!)
One or two tablespoons of whole peppercorns (I did 1.5 tablespoons-ish)

(Okay, seriously. I never really hard-core measure anything. that is the fun in baking/cooking/concocting. if its not crucial to the actual outcome of the recipe like an leavener (yeast/b.power/b.soda), then its fair game baby)

Now put that mixture on the stove on high heat, and just before it comes to a boil, add the grated orange peel from one orange and the grated lemon peel from half a lemon (you can use a zester or just cut up the peel and stick it in that way; it doesn’t matter, you’ll end up straining the spices out anyway). Then put the lid on, take the mixture off the heat, and set it aside. ( I just used my vegetable peeler for the second batches and it worked AWESOME! and so much quicker)

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/krupnik1.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/krupnik1.jpg.html)


STEP TWO

Next, prepare your honey. Add two cups of honey to one cup of water in another pot, and bring it to a boil. Stir and stir. As soon as that mixture heats up, you’ll have to do some scum-skimming. (The honey will produce a layer of scum on top, and you’ll want to ladle it out.) Every so often you might be tempted to dump the scum you’re accumulating, but by then you’ll actually have a bowl of honey with scum on top — scum is tricky and wily — so ladle off that scum and pour your honey back in the pot. Keep doing this. Prepare for it to take a while. At the same time, you don’t want to keep that honey boiling so long that you make candy.


STEP THREE

Once your honey mixture seems sufficiently scum-free, marry the honey to the spice: Take both pots and dump them into a larger pot (or any large container), and then stir it all together into one delicious mess. (I used a big tupperware bowl with a lid.)

Turn off the stove and put out all the fires, don't even think about lighting up anything to smoke, and then bust out your 4 cups of vodka(HA or if you are like me, the bottle because you didnt buy enough) and pour it in with the honey and spices.

IF you are using the everclear--- DO NOT stand directly over the pot admiring your handwork. it will burn your eyes and nostrils and make you light as a feather. dude. seriously. and dont get any on your hands or else you will find every cut, scrape, whathave you burning. (that last part is more important come the filtering then right this second... so be mindful of it now)

Then stir it all together, and cover your pot carefully (use Saran Wrap and cover it with a tight lid), because you don’t want your booze to evaporate.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/krupnik2.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/krupnik2.jpg.html)

Now, let it all just sit and rest overnight. THIS IS Honestly the hardest part. seriously. the waiting damn near killed me!!


STEP FOUR (THE NEXT DAY)

Now strain out those spices. To perform said straining, you’ll need a plastic funnel and a new cheesecloth (I folded mine over and over to maximize the spice removal potential). And a container to strain your krupnik into.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/krupnik3.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/krupnik3.jpg.html)
(Dont forge to save that piece of vanilla! no sense in wasting it!!)

Stick the funnel in your bottle (or what have you) and cover it with the folded cheesecloth. Then ladle out some krupnik and pour it onto your towel/funnel/bottle, letting the spices collect on the cheesecloth and the booze itself pour through. Every so often you’ll want to dump the collected spices into the trash — after wringing out the cheesecloth to make sure you’re not wasting any actual krupnik. (and yes, wringing it into your mouth DOES count and is perfectly acceptable at this point)

do NOT fool yourself into thinking you are clever and can think of better ways to filter this. I am here to tell you, it doesnt work. coffee filters do not work. napkins do not work. the good kind of paper towel does not work. clean new cotton work rags do not work. I used my cheese cloth probably eight-fold and filtered it about four or five times instead. that was about as good as it was going to get. IF you come up with a newer clever way, let me know... otherwise, just let the sediment be, enjoy it with the drink-- its just spices and the honey sediment anyways!!

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/krupnik4.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/krupnik4.jpg.html)

Now you have a pile of krupnik. For best results, keep your whole haul together in the container you’ve strained it into, and let it the mixture sit for at least a few weeks, in a dark, cool place, until it gets even more gorgeous and mellow. (HA!! dont kid yourself. drink the first batch. but DO make a second that you can let sit!!!)

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/Krupnikbottled.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/Krupnikbottled.jpg.html)

When it’s ready, you’ll want to distribute your krupnik into jars — mason jars, maybe fancier decanters for you more upscale types. Whatever you do, remember to serve your krupnik in shot glasses or little cordial glasses. This stuff is POWERFULLY good. (I keep mine stored in some 1.9L mason jars, just for ease... makes it easier really for storing, but I do love my fancy bottles!)

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You can thank me later. although, your liver may not! this is amazing on ice, or I could imagine warmed in the winter would be even better. Hunting season may never be the same without this I can definitely see that!!

Claire

maybe next I will share my Kahlua recipe, or the whisky cherries-- those make a damn fine black forest cake or trifle let me tell you!!!

Candychikita
07-16-2013, 09:41 AM
claire. i love you. krupnik is fantastic :D

Strewth
07-16-2013, 10:29 AM
I usually manage to kill a vodka bottle on our annual hunting trip, this year I will apply myself to stalking the wily krupnik.

lanaire
07-16-2013, 10:45 AM
claire. i love you. krupnik is fantastic :D

:D and one day we shall meet!! spent a lot of time in that neck of the woods...

Laramie Longhorn
07-16-2013, 11:25 AM
Is there a vodka you recommend? Or should I make a batch with the cheap stuff to iron out the kinks and feed to my "friends", and then make a batch with the good stuff for me?

lanaire
07-16-2013, 12:52 PM
Is there a vodka you recommend? Or should I make a batch with the cheap stuff to iron out the kinks and feed to my "friends", and then make a batch with the good stuff for me?

considering that this is heavily spiced/flavoured I would go out on a limb and say you can just use the cheap stuff! Polar Ice was on sale at a local store for 18$ I think so I just used that. next up, I will be using Costco's kirkland brand I think, as it was around forty for the big 'ol bottle (or maybe cheaper, I cant really remember now! I know that their whiskey is ridiculously cheap so I usually just buy that... )

Candychikita
07-16-2013, 01:44 PM
:D and one day we shall meet!! spent a lot of time in that neck of the woods...

absolutely :D

oh, and to kick it up a notch. throw in chilli peppers with your mix for this. my god.

FALover
07-16-2013, 02:31 PM
When I read the title I thought it was a recipe for making vodka from honey ! I like mead and thought a miracle had happened and someone found a way to get the alcohol content to increase. I have to bring an appetizer to our annual cottage get together and this just made the "must bring" list.

lanaire
07-16-2013, 02:32 PM
absolutely :D

oh, and to kick it up a notch. throw in chilli peppers with your mix for this. my god.

seriously??? like the flakes, or get a good chili whole and put it in??? I sense this as a challenge and I must rise to it!! hahaha, might have to make another batch this weekend and give it a go!!

lived in Chilliwack for a while, and have some family still there, so a trip just may be in order... looks like there are a few people I can meet from here that live down in that area!

Strewth
07-16-2013, 03:14 PM
lived in Chilliwack for a while, and have some family still there, so a trip just may be in order... looks like there are a few people I can meet from here that live down in that area!

There is? Buncha reprobates and hoodlums, the lot of 'em. Well, the ones that aren't busy playing with the flush toilets and riding their cow to the feed store.

lanaire
07-16-2013, 03:19 PM
aren't busy playing with the flush toilets and riding their cow to the feed store.

good thing I swallowed my coffee!! I just about spat it at the laptop! you crack me up ;D

Strewth
07-16-2013, 03:26 PM
http://cur.cursors-4u.net/smilies/images1/smi12-2.gif

But yes, I'm always up for a meet and greet! Let us know when you're in this neck of the woods:).

Candychikita
07-17-2013, 10:54 AM
seriously??? like the flakes, or get a good chili whole and put it in??? I sense this as a challenge and I must rise to it!! hahaha, might have to make another batch this weekend and give it a go!!

lived in Chilliwack for a while, and have some family still there, so a trip just may be in order... looks like there are a few people I can meet from here that live down in that area!

i use the flakes because i normally have them on hand. the honey calms the zing but it adds a certain life to it...regular krupnik i find to be a sleepy drink without it now. that said. you really want to breathe fire throw in some chinese sweet chili pepper sauce in the mix. hoooo boy. you feel like a dragon after that shit.

Edenchef
07-17-2013, 11:20 AM
i use the flakes because i normally have them on hand. the honey calms the zing but it adds a certain life to it...regular krupnik i find to be a sleepy drink without it now. that said. you really want to breathe fire throw in some chinese sweet chili pepper sauce in the mix. hoooo boy. you feel like a dragon after that shit.

And you'll feel like a Dragon when you shit too!

Cheers!

Candychikita
07-17-2013, 03:05 PM
And you'll feel like a Dragon when you shit too!

Cheers!

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

lanaire
07-17-2013, 08:02 PM
And you'll feel like a Dragon when you shit too!

Cheers!

I actually snorted I laughed so hard!!!

Stephen
07-18-2013, 09:03 PM
As Heather warns: “Don’t get all cool and have candles burning or light incense and sh-t, cause you’ll go up in flames.”

That lady sounds hilarious.

lanaire
08-07-2013, 04:26 PM
this is what happens when you have the most wonderful blackberries leftover from what was bought from the fruit truck for jam.... I was making this double batch of krupnik for Christmas giving, and got selfish--- crushed the berries I had leftover and poured the krupnik in over them. good gawd I dont know if I can wait for Christmas to come just so I can drink this! my motto every christmas has been drink til its merry (or funny, whichever works for the moment! ahaha) so this will be just the icing on the cake for me!!!

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii200/c_oo_kie/blackberrykrupnik.jpg (http://s264.photobucket.com/user/c_oo_kie/media/blackberrykrupnik.jpg.html)

and I made one little jar with chilies in it for my Mister. but I hope I didnt put too many in!!! it was sort of an OOPS and then I just closed the lid and said meh, he'll live ahahaha

webster
12-05-2013, 08:14 PM
I have to make this. With chilies, perhaps...

OutdoorPursuitsCanada
12-06-2013, 08:29 PM
I made this tonight. I used the entire lemon and orange as I like lots if citrus - all sealed up for the night and stage two tomorrow :)

webster
12-08-2013, 08:06 PM
K, so this might be a stupid question, but what is the scum on the honey mixture and why do we skim it off?

FWIW, I found a slotted spoon worked well for scum removal. The scum sticks to the spoon but the honey and water drain through it. :)

OutdoorPursuitsCanada
12-08-2013, 09:07 PM
I believe it is the impurities boiling off (somebody correct me if I am wrong). I used a really high quality organic honey and only had about 1 oz of "scum" total.

Edenchef
12-08-2013, 09:12 PM
I believe it is the impurities boiling off (somebody correct me if I am wrong). I used a really high quality organic honey and only had about 1 oz of "scum" total.

Very correct, sir. The better your honey: the better your brew.

Cheers!

webster
12-09-2013, 12:53 AM
Got it. Thanks. :)

Candychikita
12-09-2013, 12:54 PM
I believe it is the impurities boiling off (somebody correct me if I am wrong). I used a really high quality organic honey and only had about 1 oz of "scum" total.

aka bee poop :D

webster
12-09-2013, 09:06 PM
Lol. Well I didn't get it all but mine still came out pretty awesome. Not poop-y at all. :) Good call on the chili flakes, by the way.

lanaire
12-09-2013, 09:40 PM
I think it also helps with the sediment that will develop?? anyhow.... I just skimmed at much as possible and shake in the rest before we grab the jar!!

whoop whoop...makes for a great drink this time of year!

Amanda902
12-10-2013, 10:57 PM
I belong to a ladies group and we have a Christmas auction every November. One member makes her legendary raspberry port, and the little bottles go for $30 to $40. I'm gonna smoke that old lady with your krupnik next year!! :D