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Honey-spice liqueur (krupnik staropolski)

The Vigil supper is too solemn an occasion for high-powered libation. Some families serve no alcoholic beverages whatsoever at this repast, others limit things to a glass of wine or a nip of a home-made cordial. One favorite is this delicious old honey liqueur which is served hot as a great cheer-enhancer and warmer-upper.


  • 1 cup honey
  • 1” piece of vanilla pod
  • 3 cloves
  • Small cinnamon bark
  • 2 grains allspice
  • ginger root
  • 1” piece of lemon rind
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 cups 190 proof grain alcohol (spirytus)
Honey-spice liqueur (krupnik staropolski)


In saucepan combine 1 c honey, 1” piece of vanilla pod, 3 cloves, a small piece of cinnamon bark, 2 grains allspice, a small piece of ginger root, 1” piece of lemon rind (with bitter white inner skin removed) and 6 peppercorns (optional).

Bring to gentle boil, stirring frequently and simmer until honey just begins to brown. Stir in 1 c boiling water, bring to boil, remove from heat and let stand covered 10 min.

Stir in 1-1/2 - 2 c 190 proof grain alcohol (spirytus).

Be sure there is no burner burning anywhere nearby, because the alcohol vapors could catch fire.

Only after the alcohol has been blended with the honey mixture can the saucepan be heated a bit.

Let cool and stand overnight for spices and flavors to blend.

Serving Suggestions

Serve during Vigil supper or any occasion.