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Alcohol Bases for Flavoured Schnapps and Liqueurs
Alcohol bases for flavoured schnapps and liqueurs are numerous. You can use neutral Danish schnapps, vodka or pure grain alcohol. Or other spirits like rum, brandy, gin, tequila, bourbon, Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey.
To flavour neutral schnapps, vodka or whatever base spirit you choose, you get the best result, if you use natural ingredients like herbs, fruits, berries, nuts, spices, blossoms, leaves, roots, seeds, barks, etc.
Picking Wild Plants for Schnapps and Liqueur Making
Picking wild fruits, berries, herbs and other plant material for schnapps and liqueur making is fun and very rewarding. But it requires that you really know about the plant material you want to use.
About Plants and Constituents
Taste, flavours and colours from plants come from many active and very complex chemical and biological constituents. These influence our health and well-being. They can do good - and they can poison.
About Plant Identification
Plant identification takes time and work. But it's worth it. Because nature offers so many delicious fruits, berries, herbs and flowers you can use to add new taste and flavours to your schnapps or liqueur.
About Botanical Names
Botanical - or scientific - names are written in Latin and used all over the world. Each botanical name consists of two parts. The first part indicates the genus of the plant. The second name indicates the species.
Jars and Bottles - and other Equipment
You don't need much more than some glass jars and bottles to make your own flavoured schnapps or liqueur. And most of the equipment are things you may already have in your kitchen cupboards and drawers.
About Plant Infusions
To make flavoured schnapps or liqueur you must first make one or more infusions of the flavours from herbs, fruits, berries, etc. This is done by steeping your plant material in neutral Danish schnapps, vodka or any other base spirit.
About Steeping Periods
The length of steeping periods vary depending on the alcohol content of your spirit, the type and amount of plant material you use, the steeping temperature - and what best suits your taste.
How to Filter your Infusion
The purpose of filtration is not only to make your infusion clear, attractive and appetizing. The purpose is first and foremost to remove all impurities that may otherwise spoil the taste and flavours of your infusion.
How to Store (Age) your Infusion
Proper storage of your infusion is extremely important. Or your flavoured schnapps or liqueur will not reach its full potential. The duration of storage differs from infusion to infusion. But usually, it takes 1-6 months.
Storage Bottles and Containers
Used spirit or wine bottles are fine as storage bottles, as long as they are absolutely clean and without any residual flavours. Avoid plastic bottles, bottles with rubber rings, and also painted bottles.
How to Adjust Taste and Flavours
After proper steeping, filtration and storage, you may want to adjust the taste and flavours of your infusion to suit your own taste. Learn how to dilute your infusion, enhance the flavours, or save a bland schnapps.
Sugar and other Sweeteners
True Danish flavoured schnapps should not contain more than 15 grams sugar per liter. But of course, you can add just as much sugar or other sweeteners as you want to suit your own taste.
Sugar Syrup - Recipe
If your infusion is too weak-flavoured you can enhance the flavours by adding a bit of sugar. You can add the sugar directly, but usually, it's better to make a simple sugar syrup and add it to your infusion.
Homemade Liqueurs - How To
Liqueurs are alcoholic beverages with high sugar content and a variety of flavourings. Liqueur making is easy. You just add a sugar syrup to your flavoured schnapps and leave it for a while to settle.
Create your own Schnapps and Liqueur Blends
You can create your own unique schnapps and liqueur blends by blending different infusions. You can create blends with health benefits, blends with your favourite flavours, etc. The flavour combinations are just endless.
Try to Experiment with other Spirits
When you make flavoured schnapps and liqueurs, you will normally use spirits like neutral Danish schnapps, vodka or pure grain alcohol as base. But try to experiment with other types of spirits, also. It can be very rewarding.
How to Keep your Flavoured Schnapps and Liqueurs
Before and between servings it's really important to keep your flavoured schnapps and liqueurs in a dark and dry place at room temperature. Also, to prevent oxidation it's important to keep your bottles and jars tightly closed.
How to Serve your Flavoured Schnapps or Liqueur
Present your flavoured schnapps or liqueur in decorative decanters or fine, old bottles. Serve at room temperature to fully enjoy the wonderful and unique flavours and aromas. Never ice cold or even cold.
How to Choose the Correct Stemware
Most wine drinkers know that different styles of wines demand different types of wine glasses or stemware. Flavoured schnapps and liqueurs are no different from wines when it comes to suitable drinking glasses.
About Crystal Stemware and Glasses
Crystal stemware and glasses have a coarser and more porous surface than ordinary glassware. The coarser surface helps to release and enhance the special aromas of wines, schnapps, liqueurs, and other spirits.
How to Care for your Crystal Glassware
Crystal stemware and glasses are beautiful, but also softer and more delicate on the surface than other glassware. However, handle your crystalware with care, and it will stay beautiful for many years.
Cooking with Alcohol
Cooking with alcohol is a great way to enrich and intensify taste and flavours of your cooking ingredients. Use wine or spirits such as your homemade flavoured schnapps, liqueur, brandy, rum, whiskey, calvados, etc.