Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
I first had this last year when a saw it in a liquor store with my Sister.We had it with my Mom and Dad it was great relaxing. If you like honey and spices you'll like this! Meant to be sipped slowly!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cold water
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 10 peppercorns
- 20 allspice berries
- 1⁄4 vanilla bean, sliced and scraped
- 1⁄4 nutmeg, grated
- 2 cloves
- 1 orange, rind of
- 1 1⁄3 cups honey
- 2 cups vodka
- Heat sugar in 2 Tbs of water until it dissolves, then stir in the boiling water.
- Add vanilla bean, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and allspice berries.
- Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the caramel mixture and return to the pan.
- Stir in honey and orange rind and heat, stirring, until the honey has completely dissolved.
- Bring to a boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir vodka.
- Serve hot or cold.
Rita, if I had to pick a list of top recipes I have discovered since joining Zaar, this would be right up there at the top. I'd never make anything like this, and was soooo pleased. I hope it stores well in the fridge. Even though I halved the recipe it made a lot of shot glasses worth! I dissolved the sugar in the microwave and added it to boiling water on the stove. While the spices were boiling the whole house smelled wonderful! I did leave out the vanilla because I used Stoli Vanil (vanilla flavored vodka). I also plan to use this spice combination with plain boiled water for a pot pourri for the house! Everyone came to the kitchen to see what was cooking - the younger set was disappointed to learn they wouldn't get any. The drink was soooo smooth and flavorful. I served it warm. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, so I could discover it.
I made this for the first time for our Polish Christmas Eve (Wigilia) inspired by this site. The Krupnik was very sweet, maybe a bit sweet for my taste, but the honeyed orange spicy flavor by itself was decadent enough to make me want to sip a whole mug full. Don't sip too slowly; this drink is best when it is still hot. I might play with the amount of sugar and honey in the recipe next time I make it, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the recipe as is. Many thanks for sharing it!
The recipe was a big hit in our house too. I tried it with Stoli vanil and also with regular Finlandia vodka. In my opinion the vanilla flavored vodka made the recipe taste kinda synthetic and we didn't like it as much as with regular vodka (I added a dash of Vanilla essence) I also decreased the sugar and water so the drink is potent and not too sweet.