Posted by Elisabeth Zander |
After doing a little research I determined it is most likely a Lithuanian drink. According to one legend, Benedictine monks concocted this drink back in the late 16th century: honey, spices and alcohol. Hmm, no surprise here, it caught on. Krupnik in Polish or Belarusian and Krupnikas in Lithuanian, it's part of the culture now.
Eventually I was able to acquire her mother's recipe. Last year I made it as specified. Mostly. When I heard it was good for what ails you, I didn't resist adding ginger to the brew. This year I diverged further including all my favorite spices. Spiced ginger tea with honey is a staple round here for the ailing.
Friends have hinted this year's brew is a bit strong. But I love all the added zip. So I will give you the original recipe, and star all the additions I made this year. I would suggest you go slow unless, like us, you are used to ginger and clove.