Rooibos Krupnik

November 2, 2014

Author Notes: Krupnik is a spiced Polish honey vodka that is typically served hot, often with a pat of butter. I first learned of it from Diana Henry's Salt Sugar Smoke, and loved the idea of it for gift giving because it can be made well ahead of time. I tried a non-spiced quick version at home to get a sense for its level of sweetness, and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious the honey flavor was. I thought it would be nicely enhanced with some warm spices and rooibos or honeybush tea. I had some mandarins on hand, so added their skins to the mix. The end result is tasty and comforting -- perfect for a blustery or bitingly cold evening. This krupnik will definitely make it into my holiday gifts this year. hardlikearmour

Makes: about 1 quart/liter

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups mild floral honey like clover or orange blossom
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • skins from 2 organic mandarin oranges
  • 5 rooibos or honeybush tea bags
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 generous teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 nutmeg seed
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Combine honey and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and skim any scum that formed. Add the mandarin peels, contents of tea bags, and spices. Cover then return to low heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add the vodka. Cover and let sit for 48 hours.
  3. Strain through a very fine mesh strainer or several layers of cheesecloth into a bottle. Seal and keep in a cool, dark place. After about a week, there will be sediment on the bottom. Strain off the liquid into 1 to 4 gift bottles. It can be stored for up to a year.
  4. Attach a label to each bottle with number of servings that reads something like: Rooibos (or Honeybush) Krupnik should be heated before serving. For extra deliciousness add a small pat of butter to each serving. (Note: I like to serve it in 4ish ounce espresso mugs as it is rather potent.)

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

mrslarkin March 3, 2015
I love your Krupnik, HLA! Sipping some now in my morning tea. ;)
 
Author Comment
hardlikearmour March 3, 2015
:-)
 
aargersi November 3, 2014
This sounds wonderful, and have you been taking photography classes? Love the photo!!
 
Author Comment
hardlikearmour November 3, 2014
Thanks! No classes, just putzed around with the arrangement and took lots of shots.