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Dandelion Schnapps

Dandelion schnapps - based on fresh dandelion flower heads - has a fresh, aromatic and sweetish acid taste. The colour is yellow, sometimes dark yellow or reddish golden.

A very enjoyable schnapps that goes very well with chocolate, chocolate desserts and cakes.

Based on fresh dandelion roots you get another kind of schnapps - dry, spicy and very aromatic with a pleasant bitter taste.

The colour is reddish brown.

Enjoy on its own - or serve with roast meat and more heavy food where you would normally serve beer.

You can also turn your flower schnapps or root schnapps into a liqueur.

Dandelion schnapps blends very well with...

Recipes

Dandelion flower heads and leaves.Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale

Use either fresh dandelion flower heads or fresh roots.

Pick the flowers in spring or early summer - just before they open or right after.

Dig the roots from late autumn till early spring. That's when they are most aromatic.


Direction:

  • Clean flowers or roots thoroughly. 

    Flowers: Remove the green sepals with a small, sharp knife (the sepals are very bitter). 

    Roots: Leave them to dry for a couple of days in the shadow - on paper towel. Then slice them thinly.

  • Use a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Fill 2/3 of the jar with flower heads - or sliced roots.

  • Cover with clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof). Leave some air above.

  • Let steep in a dark place at room temperature, 18-20°C (64-68°F). 

    Flowers: Steep for 1-7 days. 

    Roots: Steep for 1-7 days.

  • Shake lightly and taste it from time to time.

  • Strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • The root schnapps can be very muddy. It might be necessary to filter it a couple of times.

  • The flower schnapps should be enjoyed within a couple of days. Storage (aging) doesn't improve the flavours - on the contrary.

  • The root schnapps, however, can be stored for several months - in a dark place at room temperature.

Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your infusion, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how.

Serve your dandelion schnapps at room temperature in suitable glasses. And remember to keep your schnapps bottle tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.