There are many ways to make alcohol, using many different ingredients. Grains, fruit and even fruit skins can be added to the alcohol creation process and Schnapps is one popular alcoholic drink that originated in Europe. It is said that the name derived from the word ‘snap’, referring to the quick way to drink a single shot. In German, Schnapps is used to describe any strong spirit.
This was the first Schnapps, made from brandy using various fruits that are macerated and distilled to produce a clear liquor with a pleasant taste. The fruits used include peaches, pears, grapes, apples, apricots and even cherries; produced locally in Switzerland, Austria and parts of south Germany. Always a clear spirit, with 60–80-degree proof, or 30-40 per cent by volume. If you are looking for the perfect liqueur, order Australian-made Schnapps from an established supplier.
In the mid-17th century, parts of Europe used Schnapps as a form of health tonic; when people felt out of sorts or developed a fever, they would drink a single shot of this fiery drink to aid recovery. Herbs were sometimes added and for the next few centuries, Schnapps was consumed in Switzerland, Austria and parts of southern Germany. Another popular version is butterscotch Schnapps, with a smooth unique taste.
This is a form of Schnapps made from fermenting macerated fruit to distil a clear brandy. This liqueur is traditionally made in Austria, Switzerland and parts of Germany and there are secret recipes that are kept within a family, who keep no written records, choosing instead to use the human mind of their descendants to store the secret recipe.
The German word for spirit, Geist is very similar to fruit brandy, which is made by infusing macerated berries in a neutral spirit. It must be a neutral spirit because the berries have a low sugar content, which stops the fermentation process. The most popular fruit to make Geist is the raspberry, while herbs and rose petals are sometimes infused for added flavour.
Schnapps is a type of liqueur that is distilled from full brandy; there are various methods to infuse fruit, herb and spices into a neutral spirit. The type of neutral spirit varies by location and tradition; peach is used in the UK, which became popular in the 70s and 80s. Jägermeister is one brand of peach Schnapps that UK people would know and love.
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