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Oak Schnapps

Oak schnapps - based on fresh, small oak branches - is a wonderful schnapps with a delightful whiskey like taste and rich flavours. It has a beautiful dark reddish brown colour.

Enjoy the schnapps on its own as an aperitif before a meal, or an after-dinner drink.

Or serve with smoked salmon, roast pork, strong cheese, poultry, soup, fish, lamb, seafood, red meat, spicy dishes, chocolate and chocolate desserts.

Can also be added to soups, sauces, stews, and dishes, where you would normally use a little sherry or whiskey. 

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.

Recipe

Pieces of small oak branches on a bamboo cutting board.Common Oak - Quercus robur

Direction:

  • Chop fresh oak branches into smaller pieces - 2-3 centimeters long. Leave the bark on.

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

  • Fill 2/3 of the jar with branch pieces.

  • Cover completely with clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

  • Let steep for 1 year or more in a dark place at room temperature, 18-20°C (64-68°F).

  • 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.

  • Store (age) for at least 6 months in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

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 oak 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.