Hot Vodka with Honey (Krupnik)

"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!"
photo by Engrossed photo by Engrossed
photo by Engrossed
Ready In:
45 small drinks (shot glass size)




  • 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Rita, I love your recipe for much so that I've merged your recipe with my family's by omitting the sugar, using 2 full cups of honey, lowering the water to 2 cups, adding the juice of the orange as well as the zest, and increasing the vodka to 4 cups. I also used 1/2 vanilla bean. Now I can have the best of both worlds! Took this to a Polish birthday party and everyone loved it. Not really a summer drink, but my daughter (one of the birthday people) requested it. Thanks so much. Your spice mix is dead on.
  5. This is very good. It does seem like a concentrate for more water or perhaps juice to be added to. It is super sweet. If you sip it though...and let it sit in your mouth a get to experience the honey, spices and orange essence. Very nice. Thanks for the fun Polish recipe Rita L!


  1. This is a great krupnik recipe. I used good quality vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean. Great for sore throats and sinuses.



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