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So I finally got around to making some Krupnikas which is a Lithuanian Honey Spirit. I had some once when I was in Poland on business and it was delicious so I have been hankering to try and make some of my own.
I found a recipe online which I based mine on and I thought I would share the details here as it couldn't be easier...
So the ingredients were (for approx. 2L yield)
8 Whole Cloves 3 Cinnamon Sticks 10 Cardamom Pods 1/2 Whole Nutmeg (cracked) 5 Allspice Berries 1.5 Tsp Black Peppercorns 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds 3 Inch Piece of Root Ginger peeled and cut into medium cubes 2 Inch Piece of Tumeric peeled and cut into medium cubes Peel of 1 Orange Peel of 1/2 a Lemon 1 Vanilla Bean, split in half and scraped 700g Honey 1L Water 750mL 96% ABV Neutral
I heated up the water and honey until it was boiling then added everything else except the neutral spirit and let it simmer for 30-45 minutes (covered).
Once it had cooled down enough I added the neutral and put it in a bottle. I have read that its best to let it settle out for 6-12 months so I will do this as the one I had was more of a clear yellow and I can see it will taste better once its settled out over time.
Anyway the first batch tasted really good but I thought that maybe some juniper would make it better, so I made a second batch following the same recipe but added 10g of juniper berries.
I wonder if anyone else has made anything similar, how long have you left it for?