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Krupnik as a Polish ethnic dish or drink?


valentineee
25 Nov 2010 #1
We are invited to a holiday party in which we are to bring an ethnic dish or drink. Our kitchen is demolished for renovation; this leaves us to shop for our ready made ethnic contribution. I am second/thrid generation Polish girl remembering drinking Krupnik over the holidays as a kid; it tasted like Juicy Fruit gum with a kick. I also think that krupnik might make a nice gift for those difficult people to shop for; to try something new that is really old world with an ethnic-euro twist. Are there any particularly good brands of krupnik? Or any brands that should be avoided?
Maybe 12 | 409
25 Nov 2010 #2
Krupnik Honey Vodka Liqueur is an ancient Polish beverage dating back to the 18th century. Honey and spices shape its taste and aroma, made according to an authentic old recipe from southeast Poland. The vodka base allows the honey to come through, giving it an outstanding honey-sweet taste and spicy bouquet. Krupnik is produced today according to its original recipe by Starogard Gdanski distillery in Poland, the same distillery that produces Sobieski Vodka. Enjoy it straight, with champagne or added into beer.

It rocks, I love it, fantastic chased with beer :)
Olaf 6 | 956
25 Nov 2010 #3
Hi Valentineee,

it tasted like Juicy Fruit gum with a kick

- surely not the taste of krupnik!

toya.net.pl/~fixxxer/Wasze/krupnik.htm

It used to be made by Polmos Zielona Gora but now it's Sobieski company

and here you have a description of a few in English:

khulsey.com/travel/poland_traditional_polish_vodka.html

Anyway it is a good idea, however, bear in mind that this krupnik that you buy never tastes as good as the properly made original reciepe krupnik (krupnik litewski). Still good enough as a gift.
Harry
25 Nov 2010 #4
Are there any particularly good brands of krupnik?

I like the one from the Sobieski distillery in Starogard Gdansk.
OP valentineee
25 Nov 2010 #5
Okay, my kindred Polish buddies, if I were to make krupnik, do I need a stove? Or is it something that sits/rests while the flavors infuse? Or can I make it in a crock pot? I suppose that it would be meaningful to draw upon my ancestral genes and create an authentic krupnik. If this is possible, would you be willing to share your recipe? If so, can I store the krupnik or should it be consumed immediately?
convex 20 | 3,978
25 Nov 2010 #6
Juicy Fruit gum with a kick.

Sounds like grzane wino maybe? Mulled wine?
Zed - | 195
25 Nov 2010 #7
If you mean a vodka/honey based booze then all you need is a good liquor store. But if you mean krupnik THE soup, then indeed you need a stove - but it's a totally different story. Come to think of it..... I am hungry, where is krupnik when one needs it? :-)
convex 20 | 3,978
25 Nov 2010 #8
krupnik THE soup

There's a soup?

Anyway, two ways that I know how to make it, one requires a stove and about a weeks time, the other doesn't need a stove, but you need a lot more time for infusion.

How much time do you have? All you have to do is to be able to boil water for the first one....
OP valentineee
25 Nov 2010 #9
I didn't know there was a krupnik soup; the only soups I recall are oxtail/barley which was delicious and ducks blood/raisin which was not so good. I was referring to the vodka/honey based booze. With that, which brand would you suggest? As I doubt that a liquor store in northwest suburban Chicago would be familiar with this special item well enough to guide me if there are options available.

What about those wafers? Pinch of for health, wealth, and happiness...or something like that? Is that a Christmas tradition or is that for New Years? It think it was something like 'opwatke'.

Our party is on Sunday, Dec 12. I have plenty of time. And I can boil water in as microwave.
Zed - | 195
25 Nov 2010 #10
Krupnik is THE major soup in PL!!! .... but come to think of it: only my Mom knows how to cook it properly. :-)

As to the krupnik booze.... indispensable on a ski slope (in tiny bottles) :-)
Olaf 6 | 956
25 Nov 2010 #11
krupnik THE soup

YEAAAAAH!!!

Come to think of it..... I am hungry, where is krupnik when one needs it? :-)

- I have a bottle at home, not a pot, a bottle that's right;)

There's a soup?

Of course!

Anyway, two ways that I know how to make it, one requires a stove and about a weeks time, the other doesn't need a stove, but you need a lot more time for infusion.

How much time do you have? All you have to do is to be able to boil water for the first one....

-no no no, you must be talking about some fugazi krupnik or miodowka, not proper krupnik. It does require stove, to heat honey and water and to get the extract of other ingredients.

If this is possible, would you be willing to share your recipe?

Sorry I cannot reveal a detailed receipe but if you look for a different one at internet I could give some practical advice.

If so, can I store the krupnik or should it be consumed immediately?

- there is no rush, the best is after about a year depending on the kind of honey used (honey makes big differences and is a key of sourcing your ingredients), but it is also possible to taste it just after producing, being still warm (though it is not to be mulled, not grzaniec!).
ShortHairThug - | 1,103
25 Nov 2010 #12
As I doubt that a liquor store in northwest suburban Chicago would be familiar with this special item

FFS, Stawski distributes this stuff all over Chicago land area, you don’t even have to visit Polish neighborhoods to find it. The commercial brands, you’ll find at Binny’s.
bmcg
21 Jan 2013 #13
Hello ...can you tell me a retailer in the Chicago or St. Louis area that will sell Stawski Krupnik or willing to ship it? thanks! -- bill


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