Boilo Recipe

Boilo Recipe - HowtoMoonshine

I love to keep traditions alive… Especially ones that involve alcohol of any kind. 


Boilo is a traditional alcoholic beverage that will keep you warm on those long winter nights — and keep a coal mining tradition alive. 



However, here’s a tradition you might not have heard of. 


Boilo (BOY-low) is one of those amazing recipes that has been passed down from generation to generation. The alcoholic punch originated in the coal region of Eastern Pennsylvania and is traditionally served during the winter holiday season. 


Every boilo maker has their unique recipe, and every boilo making is SURE their recipe is the best. The basics of the recipe are generally the same, but every version differs slightly in ingredient quantities or flavouring, with perhaps a “secret” ingredient or two thrown in there.




The History of Boilo


An invention of Lithuanian immigrants, boilo shares ingredients with krupnikas, a traditional spiced honey liqueur that’s been consumed in Lithuania and Poland for centuries. The beverage is also closely related to viryta, a drink popular in Baltimore. “Viryta” is derived from the Lithuanian word for “boil” or “cook.”


The coal miners used boilo for everything from warding off the common cold to giving as a gift around the holidays. Mining was a tough job, so finishing a long day with a strong drink became a cherished routine. 


Characteristically, the standard recipe includes citrus fruits (like oranges and lemons), herbs and spices (such as nutmeg, cloves, caraway seed, and anise), and other ingredients like honey and ginger ale. 


Traditionally, the base ingredient in boilo is moonshine. However, today’s boilo makers often swap the potent alcohol for Four Queens, an inexpensive blended whiskey distilled in Scobeyville, NJ. 


Our recipe is going to use both. 


To make your own moonshine to use as the base of this boilo, get a Moonshine Still Kit.

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With a quality moonshine kit you can fine tune your technique to produce the perfect blend of moonshine, everytime. Use that moonshine to make a wide range of alcoholic beverages and recipes as well.

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Boilo makes a great gift, and pairs perfectly with any holiday party. 


I am going to teach you how to make the most classic boilo recipe. Feel free to add your own flair and flavour — or any “special” ingredient — to make this recipe your own!

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