BUFFALO, N.Y. — As Dyngus Day quickly approaches, one of its staples is in hot demand. And for the first time ever, one can buy Krupnik distilled right here in the Queen City.
The honey liquor is traditionally made in Poland and shipped to the states or created in people's homes, with recipes handed down from generation to generation. But this year, Buffalo Distilling Company on Seneca Street decided to launch their own version. The co-owners thought they'd distill a few hundred bottles, but it's been in such high demand that they're ramping up production, hoping to make a couple thousand.
"We never thought we'd be part of history or anything like that. But it's exciting. We birthed Buffalo Distilling Company, which was around from 1883 to 1914, so we relaunched that whole company. And now to launch the first Krupnik, tying into the whole Polish community and since I grew up that way, is just such a thrill," said Andy Wegrzyn, Buffalo Distilling Company co-owner/distiller.
Buffalo Distilling will be holding a Krupnik release and polka party on Saturday at 5 p.m. at 860 Seneca Street in Buffalo. Anyone wishing to reserve a bottle ahead of time can visit the distillery and pay in advance.
Anyone interested in making it the traditional way can do it themselves, at home, with a few ingredients.
"It's a lot of fun to make. It's even more fun to sample after you're done, but it's relatively very easy," said Eddy Dobosiewicz, Dyngus Day Buffalo co-founder. "If you get 100 Polish people in a room, you'll probably come up with 120 different recipes."
Plus, "The magical thing about Krupnik is that you don't have to let it sit. You can drink it as soon as it's done," said Dobosiewicz.
1 cup water
¼ cup sugar
1 tbs all spice
1 tbs cloves
1 tbs vanilla bean
¼ orange rind
Combine all the above ingredients in a pot and boil them together for about 15 minutes. Stir in honey to taste. Strain concoction and combine with vodka. Enjoy warm or cold.