Coal Region Boilo

Coal Region Boilo

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Recipe by  StacieGo

“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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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  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.

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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 proportions as I had a fifth of grain alcohol and not half a gallon. I also squeezed the citrus fruits and really mashed them into the mixture to release their full flavor. From some other sources, I let the honey mixture simmer for an hour to fully bring out the flavors from all of the ingredients. It is delicious!



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

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Amount Per Serving (18 total)

  • Calories
  • 686 cal
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs
  • 103.4 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 9 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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