KAS originated in Brooklyn, the family secret of a Lithuanian family that produced the spirit for family gatherings and holidays. We had the opportunity to taste a slightly heated version of this spiced drink a couple of weeks ago, and it is excellent. In fact, this one would be wonderful for the holiday season. Krupnikas is, according KAS, "a sweet drink that is popular in both Lithuanian and Poland, and legend has it that it was monks created it in the 1500s". It was traditionally produced at home as "a way to celebrate holidays, weddings, and virtually every other event". Most recipes are closely guarded secrets. In fact, Benedictine Monks were responsible for developing the original recipe, and with the power and prestige of the empire of Poland-Lithuania (at one time much larger than Russia), the sweet and spicy drink became popular with European nobility. The Soviet Union shut down Polish and Lithuanian spirits production during the Cold War. Fortunately, the tradition of Krupnikas traveled with those families that produced it in their kitchen - including in Mahopac.