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Strawberry Schnapps

Strawberry schnapps - based on fresh, wild strawberries - has a fine, aromatic taste and a beautiful red colour.

You can serve it with many desserts, and many types of cheese, cream cheese, cheese cake, and ice cream.

You can also use it in jams, marmalades, jellies, fruit sauces, or any other dish where you would normally use strawberry.

Wonderful as appetizer or after-dinner drink.

Strawberry schnapps blends very well with...
vanilla schnapps · almond schnapps.

Also, see how you can easily...
turn your strawberry schnapps into a liqueur


Recipe

Use fresh, wild and fully ripe strawberries.

You can use cultivated strawberries, but the wild ones are much more tasteful and aromatic. So use them if you can.

BUT - if you decide to use cultivated strawberries it's important that you infuse them in vodka or other spirit that has an alcohol content of minimum 40% (80 proof).

That's because cultivated strawberries contain a lot of water that will dilute the alcohol content - and high alcohol content is necessary to extract the full taste and flavours from berries that contain much water.

Remember - the strawberries must be fully ripe when you pick them.

Direction:

  • Rinse the strawberries carefully.
  • Leave them to dry in the shadow - on paper towel.
  • If your berries are frozen - defrost them in the vodka.
  • Use a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Fill 1/2 - 2/3 of the jar with berries.
  • Fill up with clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% (80 proof).
  • Steep for 3-4 months 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.

You can serve your strawberry schnapps after it has settled for a couple of days. It has a fresh, fruity taste.

Or you can store (age) it for 4-6 months in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

The flavours will change rather much during storage. For the better I think. But it's a matter of taste.

Some prefer the fresh, fruity taste - others prefer their strawberry schnapps after shorter or longer storage.

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 strawberry 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.