Krupnik – honey vodka

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Ren's krupnik recipe provides just the right balance of spice, sweetness and punchy alcohol that you want from this Polish honey vodka. Serve on chilly nights to warm the cockles. Extracted from Wild Honey and Rye by Ren Behan, published by Pavilion. Photographs by Yuki Sugiura.

First published in 2017

Krupnik is a type of honey-flavoured vodka or liqueur, based on a traditional 17th-century Lithuanian drink called krupnikas; you’ll sometimes see recipes for krupnik Litewski, or Lithuanian krupnik. Krupnik is also the name given to a Polish soup made with barley, so take care not to get confused! Traditionally, this drink is served hot, with a knob of butter added.




Krupnik – honey vodka


Put the honey and warm water in a saucepan, and add the spices and orange peel. Heat gently until boiling, then simmer for 5 minutes. Skim off any foam. Remove from the heat and leave to cool
Add the vodka and stir well. You can leave this to infuse overnight
Strain through a muslin-lined sieve and pour into a bottle. Store in a cool, dark place for 2–3 days. Strain again through a muslin-lined sieve and transfer to a fresh bottle
To serve, heat the krupnik gently, and add a little knob of butter to each glass

Ren Behan is a mum of two and a lawyer turned food writer.

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