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Krupnik
Polish krupnik
TypeNalewka
ManufacturerVarious
Country of origin Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Introduced16th century or earlier
Alcohol by volume 38% and higher (commercial versions)
Proof (US)80–100 (commercial versions)
Related productsList of vodkas

Krupnik (Polish, Belarusian) or Krupnikas (Lithuanian) is a traditional sweet alcoholic drink similar to a liqueur, based on grain spirit (usually vodka) and honey, popular in Poland and Lithuania. In Poland it is grouped in the nalewka category of alcoholic beverages. Mass-produced versions of krupnik consist of 40–50% (80–100 proof) alcohol, but traditional versions will use 80–100% grain alcohol as the base. Honey, usually clover honey, is the main ingredient used to add sweetness, as well as up to 50 different herbs. There are many versions and some recipes have been passed down through generations; producers typically use their own recipes.[1]

At times, spicy seasonings and herbs are added for flavor. The brand of the honey and the ratio of seasonings are key factors which determine the final taste of krupnik. A mixture of the honey and spices is diluted, boiled and strained before being added to a vodka base.[1] It may be served hot, at room temperature or chilled. A specific sort of krupnik which contains more herbs and less honey is brewed by Karaims.

"Krupnik" is also the brand name of a range of alcoholic beverages produced by the Belvédère company, including krupnik, vodka, and various nalewki. In 2014, Krupnik vodka was the eighth most popular vodka brand in the world by sales volume.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Gibas, Katie (February 28, 2018). "First Krupnik distilled in Buffalo to go on sale Saturday". Spectrum News Buffalo. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Millionaires Club" (PDF). www.drinksint.com. 2014. Retrieved 2020-03-18.