Donovan's (soon-to-be) husband found an interesting recipe for a Polish cordial called Krupnik and suggested we make it for Grandma Club. We thought it was an awesome idea and quickly enlisted him and Cinnamon's husband to help us create this alcoholic mystery.
We used a recipe from the hairpin article, "How to Make Krupnik, an Old-Timey Polish Honey-Spice Cordial." We all LOVED how this recipe was written. The steps were clear, the writing tone was hilarious, and the photos were helpful.
There is a lot of peeling, chopping, and weighing, so get some friends to help you to get through all the prep work. After all that, there is a lot of sitting, waiting, and skimming of foam. Again, with more people to take turns, the work is easy.
We ended up making a triple batch since there were three households present during the making of the liquor. This was a great way to get a usable yield with so many helpers. I will warn that the fumes from the liquor are strong, so please reduce the face time you have with the mix once you add the rectified spirit. Another handy note is that the spices are STRONG. When the recipe linked above suggest you only let it mellow for a day, seriously only let those spices seep for a day. I forgot about my mix and the spices seeped for a whole week. Good gravy, my version of the booze is STRONG. I've been cutting it with gin, which is a hilarious sentence on its own.
This is a spicy and sweet drink that is great for cold nights. If you don't like dessert-type drinks though, you may want to skip this one.