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Polish honey liquor called something like "vitatass"?


edge    
22 Dec 2007  #1
A friend of mine received a bottle of "vitatass" as a gift. It tastes like a honey flavored alcohol, maybe vodka? And it must have a whopping alcohol content! But it is very smooth and I'd like to get some, but have bee unable to find out any thinm on the internet.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,170    
22 Dec 2007  #2
It tastes like a honey flavored alcohol

Probably miód pitny...

"vitatass"

It doesn't sound right. Either spelling is wrong or this is not Polish. It could be Lithuanian. They produce miód too and the name definately sound more Baltic than Polish.
Dice 15 | 456    
22 Dec 2007  #3
I believe you're talking about mead, which is a honey wine made out of pure honey, water and yeast. Mead is probably one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to mankind, brewed by monks and peasants alike for centuries. Mead has a higher alcoholic content - about 16% by volume, maybe 3-4 times higher than your usual beer. It is to be enjoyed as an aperitif or a dessert wine in a small port wine glass.
Dice 15 | 456    
23 Dec 2007  #5
Mead: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead
Good stuff.
Snow Queen - | 10    
25 Dec 2007  #6
You can have a sip off the bottle in my cabinet.
temporary    
26 Dec 2007  #7
A popular honey flavoured liquor is Krupnik. A very nice one.
Eurola 4 | 1,911    
30 Dec 2007  #8
"Nalewka Babuni" comes to mind. Very smooth and potent.
marekx53 - | 1    
30 Dec 2007  #9
its called krupnik
Softsong 5 | 495    
31 Dec 2007  #10
From the article posted by Dice.....I believe maybe this is what the orginal poster is looking for. "Csyer," a form of mead made of honey and apple. I was wondering what it was called, too. I got a gift and it was said to be the drink of the gods....but I forgot the name of it.
gapsisfamily    
2 Jan 2008  #11
Vitatis or Viryta is a common Lithuanian honey liquor enjoyed in the Baltimore area. Many make it at home with honey, orange peal, lemon peal, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, ginger, and vanilla. The flavor ingredients are melded together in a pot over heat and then cooled and added to a wiskey of your choice. It is then bottled in sterile glass and aged for several weeks. Call the Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore to find out how or from whom you can purchase some. It is quite unique and delightfully flavorful. Many prefer it warm during the holidays and winter. Sveiks!

Brian Gapsis
Eurola 4 | 1,911    
2 Jan 2008  #12
its called krupnik

It says "nalewka babuni" on the bottle...I'm not sure if I ever tried krupnik, but I'll take a look at the store :D
Guest    
24 Sep 2008  #13
try yellow pages or white pages on the internet, look up european alcohol distributors seen some polish liquor! I was trying to find krupnikas, only one site but it's out of stock darn!
WHAT A COOK    
2 Oct 2008  #14
HI THERE IN REPLY TO YOUR LOOKING FOR THAT LIQUOR ITS ON THE WEBSITE. JUST GOOGLE KRUPNIK POLISH HONEY LIQUEUR SELLS FOR ABOUT 15.00 BY POLMOY PRODUCT OF POLAND. IT IS VERY POTENT AS I HAVE A BOTTLE AND VERY VERY SMOOTHE. GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU GET SOME AND ENJOY AS IT IS A CORDIAL
Guest    
4 Oct 2008  #15
I'll tell you this much, you will never be able to purchase it and the Lithuanian old timers may share a recipe, but they'll ALWAYS leave some key ingredient out. It is Vitatus, which is a honey whisky.
bethr - | 1    
30 Sep 2009  #16
This is actually as a previous poster said, what we call Vitatis (or in my family Vitytus), or some people refer to it as Lithuanian Honey Liquor. I have made it before, and it's really not difficult, but usually it's made with grain, everclear or more preferably, moonshine. Thing is, there really is no true recipe for it, it's a bunch of spices, honey, some Lemon and Orange peel, and alcohol. However, many people will place a limit on the amount they allow anyone to drink, it is POTENT!!
HorchB    
1 Dec 2009  #17
amen my man need proper blend pikesville rye and grain to the syrup. send to
horchb@hotmail thks i am a balmer home grown and actually its called Virytas.

Ill do 1 better and give u a bottle if ur in balmer area, for the correct blending
polkamaniac 1 | 482    
10 Dec 2009  #18
this may be it. Honey flavored vodka made in Poland:


  • wesola midowa
mateinone 5 | 58    
10 Dec 2009  #19
Vitatis or Viryta is a common Lithuanian honey liquor enjoyed in the Baltimore area. Many make it at home with honey, orange peal, lemon peal, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, ginger, and vanilla.

It appears it is honey alcohol beverage made by the Lithuanians, using plants from Lithuania, but only really made in the US and seemingly Baltimore is where it all started (still is?)

The following link has more detail on it: citypaper.com/printStory.asp?id=10542
jmups    
23 Dec 2009  #20
What you are talking about is Virytas, a Lithuanian concoction made with rye whiskey. Also honey, oranges. lemons and spices. Gerus Kaleidas!
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595    
24 Dec 2009  #21
vitatass

In Sweden we have something called vargtass. It's vodka and cowberry/lingonberry.

mead

Is the same as Miód pitny.
maryedrum    
29 Dec 2009  #22
This is funny. Yes, it's definitely a Lithuanian concoction, and an old Baltimore friend and I were just talking about it moments ago. I know it's popular in Baltimore, but my great-grandparents made it and they were from Vilnius. My father would never give me the recipe because he was convinced I'd blow the kitchen up adding the grain alcohol. I finally wheedled the recipe from an acquaintance. I grew up thinking that kruschiki and kielbasa were Lithuanian as well . . .
vzmk    
25 Jan 2010  #23
My friend makes an amazing honey liquor from a Polish family recipe. I believe it's simply 2 parts grain alcohol, 1 part water, 1 part honey. Blend and let sit a few days. Give bottle a couple tips before serving to mix. It's delicious, but very potent. They type of honey she uses dramatically alters the taste as well. My favorite so far is orange blossom honey. Enjoy!

Here's a link to a recipe for it: ehow.com/how_4552249_polish-style-spirytus.html
Kaybleu    
9 Feb 2010  #24
I'm just confused with the proper name. I have heard Vinita, Vitigus, and now after reading these posts I am even more confused. I love the stuff!! Just bought a bottle from a friend of mine. We just reffer to it as that homemade hooch. My neighbor told me about that hall in Baltimore the other day. I will have to check it out
chance    
24 Feb 2010  #25
spiritus
VIDDYYYY    
8 Dec 2010  #26
We call it viddy for short, not sure of the correct name. It is a very good honey whiskey and yes, it is VERY potent. Not sure if it's just a Baltimore thing, but I get mine from somebody who makes it at home. I am right outside of the Baltimore area. I'm enjoying a shot right now actually.
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
8 Dec 2010  #27
Try Krupnik, it is better :) That reminds me, I still have some stashed away. Krupnik is great for warming you in winter.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007    
8 Dec 2010  #28
I like how you say "stashed away" does your lovely other half know about this? :)

Normally I sip the stuff like a fine whisky, but the lovely girls behind the bar at Nic Nowego gave me it once as a shot to down, then a slice of orange to suck on after......try it, fantastic :)
skysoulmate 14 | 1,296    
8 Dec 2010  #29
Dice wrote:
mead

What ?

= miód pitny... (Vikings' favorite drink + the shrooms of course ;)
SimonZLDN    
5 Jul 2011  #30
Definitely..."Krupnik"....don't abuse it though...!!! Lovely ...fantastic....yes yiu can get it ...in polish shops...or in most Indian Cash and Carry places (at least in London)....good luck.


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