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Krupnik is one of the oldest known drinks in Poland, dating back into the Middle Ages. References to it are found in literature, folk songs and poetry. Drunk in large quantities it was supposed to fell strong warriors and conquer conquerors. So, a word to the wise -- but it is most enjoyable!


  • 1 c. honey
  • 1/2 inch orange rind strip
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 c. vodka or pure alcohol
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 6 cinnamon sticks


  • Bring honey and water to a boil, carefully remove all scum. Add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and orange rind. Allow to boil again, remove from heat and let stand a few minutes, and again bring to boil. Cover and set aside for at least half an hour to steep. Strain, again bring to a boil and then pour in the alcohol. Stir well. May be served warm or cooled.


This is a great winter warmer-upper. It is also great cold and served as a liqueur.