Hawthorn schnapps is a very delicious schnapps. Soft, round and aromatic. It's based on the hawthorn berries, also known as haws or thorn apples.
Serve the schnapps with smoked venison, salmon, trout, wild duck, pork, paté, terrine, desserts, cheese and cheese cakes.
Or add it to jellies, chutneys, fruit sauces, desserts, marmalades or jams - hedgerow jam, for instance.
Excellent as appetizer.
Hawthorn schnapps blends very well with crabapple schnapps.
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There is a great number of species in the genus Crataegus.
And also a great number of varieties and hybrids.
One of the best known species is the singleseed hawthorn - also known as May or Whitethorn.
It's a small, deciduous tree or shrub with sharp-thorned branches.
It grows in almost any type of soil.
It has dark green and deeply loped leaves - and lots of white, highly scented blossoms in spring.
Small, red, apple-shaped berries appear in autumn. Both leaves, blossoms and berries are edible.
The berries are sweet-acid and astringent. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and an important source of food for birds and animals.
Hawthorn is used in the making of marmalades, jams and jellies.
It's also used in liqueur and wine making - and in anti-aging products, herbal remedies and dietary supplements.
The hawthorn wood is hard and excellent as firewood. Also very good for turning and carving.
For Bonsai making, the hawthorn is a very fine tree.
Singleseed hawthorn is very common in Denmark, where it grows in hedges, windbreaks, wood edges, beach shrubs and sandy areas.
For best result, use freshly picked and fully ripe berries.
You can use almost any species or variety - so start with your favourite one, then try some others.
However, the singleseed hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and also the English hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) are two species that are highly recommended.
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 hawthorn 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.