You can create your very own and unique schnapps and liqueur blends by blending different and properly stored (aged) alcohol infusions.
You can create blends with your favourite flavours, blends with health benefits, blends to help you sleep, blends to cheer you up, blends for cooking purposes, blends for serving with meals, etc.
Or you can create blends to give away as personalized unique gifts presented in beautiful bottles or added to gift baskets.
It's great fun and very fascinating to blend and experiment because there are so many possibilities.
The flavour combinations are endless. Just use your imagination.
Schnapps and liqueur blending, however, is more like a fine art than a science. And it can take quite some time to master it to your own satisfaction.
And just like any art there are certain guidelines to follow in your attempts to create the ultimate blend.
When blending different infusions there are two things to consider, namely taste and flavours.
With regard to taste, your infusions can be classified within the three basic tastes: sweet, sour, and bitter.
A rule of thumb says that a good blend should contain a harmony between all three tastes - of course depending on what kind of schnapps or liqueur you want to make.
So, it's a good idea to have both sweet, sour and bitter infusions at hand when you create your own blends.
In some cases you can substitute the bitter for the sour, and vice versa. Just remember to be careful with the sour aspect. Together with high alcohol content it can give a burning taste in your mouth.
The flavour aspect - the volatile compounds that we sense both through our nose and in our mouth - is more difficult to handle than the taste aspect, and there are no easy rules of thumb.
But experienced schnapps and liqueur makers have found that if you blend infusions based on different plants, but from the same plant community - the heath, the wood, the roadside, the marsh, etc. - you will most likely get a very fine and enjoyable schnapps or liqueur.
Another possibility is to find inspiration in various books and here on the Internet about cooking, medicinal herbs, dietary supplements, healing herbs, herb mixtures, spice blends, herbal teas, flavoured vinegars, etc.
Because - if certain combinations work well in cooking, herbal teas, vinegars, etc. there is good reason to believe that the same combinations also work well in schnapps and liqueur making.
If you are satisfied with your schnapps or liqueur blend you can just leave it for at couple of days or more to allow the flavours to fully blend.
Remember to keep it in a dark place at room temperature, 18-20°C (64-68°F) before and between servings - tightly closed to avoid oxidation.
If you are not satisfied it might help if you store it a little longer.
Or - you can try to twist the taste, accentuate its character, make it more harmonious - or even save it from going down the drain - by adding a little melted honey, sherry, orange schnapps or star anise schnapps.
If you are still not satisfied with your blend, don't throw it away - someone else might like it.
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