Lithuanian Krupnikas

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  • Published Aug 15th
  • Ready In14d 1h
  • Servings8
Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur. Serve warm as a traditional Eastern European cold remedy - a quick heat-up in the microwave works great.

Lithuanian Krupnikas Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Lithuanian Krupnikas for 8 servings:

  • 10 cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 nutmeg seed
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seed
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 4 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 pinch crushed saffron threads (optional)
  • 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh ginger root
  • 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh turmeric (yellow ginger)
  • 3 large strips of orange zest
  • 3 large strips of lemon zest
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds honey
  • 1 quart 190 proof grain alcohol

Lithuanian Krupnikas Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook45m
  • Ready In14d 1h

To cook Lithuanian Krupnikas, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Lithuanian Krupnikas is about 45 minutes , and you can serve your Lithuanian Krupnikas within 14 days 1 hour . The following are the steps to cook Lithuanian Krupnikas easily:

  1. 1 Crack the cardamom seeds and nutmeg with a heavy skillet on a cutting board. Toss them into a saucepan with the caraway seed, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, saffron, ginger, turmeric, orange zest and lemon zest. Pour in the water, and bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/2. Strain out spices, and set the liquid aside.
  2. 2 Pour honey into a large pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Skim off any foam from the top. Stir in the strained liquid from the spices and vanilla extract. Remove from heat and place far from the stove to avoid any flare-ups from the grain alcohol. Slowly stir in the grain alcohol. Place the pot back onto the burner over low heat and cover. Heat through, being careful not to boil or even simmer. Remove from heat and let stand overnight with the lid on.
  3. 3 The following day, pour the liquid into sterile bottles, seal, and allow to settle for 2 weeks. The longer you let it sit, the clearer it will become and the better it tastes. Serve warm.
  1. Nov 26th 2011

    I haven't made this yet, but just wanted to know if you can make it without boiling the honey, just adding it directly to the mixture as it is my understanding that heating honey ruins any o ...

  2. Dec 11th 2010

    I screwed up a bit and used too much honey relative to the alcohol and spiced water, too sweet but still pretty good.

  3. May 28th 2010

    It's simply delicious. Try it!

  4. Mar 9th 2010

    Having made my own Krupnikas for the last 30 years, there are a few things I'd like to say. First and foremost NEVER heat this drink in a microwave! You're using grain alcohol, for cryin' ou ...

  5. Jan 24th 2010

    I have made this the last two Christmases as gifts. Problem is, we have trouble making enough to have any left by the time the holidays roll around. I actually have started to save a few ...

  6. Mar 7th 2009

    couldn't get our hands on fresh turmeric root, so used 1,5 tsp dried instead as per a previous review. this made it a little bit difficult to strain, but patience paid off, and we've finall ...

  7. Jan 25th 2009

    Every year my wife and I make holiday gift to give to family and friends. This year we chose to make Krupnikas. Boy, oh boy! Absolutely wonderful! Everyone's asked me for the recipe. My sist ...

  8. Dec 6th 2008

    I just got the krupnikas in bottles and it really smells delicious. I couldn't find whole yellow ginger (turmeric) so I used 1.5 tsp of powdered. Grain alcohol is illegal where I live so I ...

  9. Mar 3rd 2005

    Takes awhile to make, but well worth the wait! After the 2 week wait you will not be disappointed! I now make it every winter.