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Coal Region Boilo

Rated as 4.71 out of 5 Stars

"This special Yuletide drink has been enjoyed by natives of the Pennsylvania coal region for over a century! Use raisins or dried currants; use 1/2 gallon of your choice of high-proof whiskey if you prefer."
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1 h servings 686
Original recipe yields 18 servings


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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, mix the water with honey, and stir to combine. Stir in the orange and lemon quarters, raisins, cinnamon sticks, caraway seeds, allspice berries, and cloves, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain the liquid into a large pot. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Slowly pour the grain alcohol into the honey mixture, and stir to combine. Pour into bottles, and cap; refrigerate until use. Serve gently warmed in shot glasses.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 686 calories; 0.1 103.4 0.9 0 9 Full nutrition

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WoweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeH! Thanks so much for the recipe.

I first had Boilo just yesterday at a Lithuanian friend's house, made from his Grandmother's recipe. As I didn't have his, I made this recipe pretty much as written except to adjust the propor...

I used 1 lb honey and only a pint of 150 proof Grain Alcohol.

Good coal cracker drink, it warms the heart!

I'm from PA coal region and this was awesome! Didn't change anything.

I made this exactly as the recipe calls, but with whiskey (bourbon) as suggested in the recipe details, and it is fantastic! It's very sweet, so I like it with a twist of lemon. Bottled it as p...