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Happy Schnappsing - Issue No. 007
January 28, 2004
January 28, 2004 - Issue No. 007

In this issue:

  • Stemware and Glasses - and How to Choose
  • Crystal Stemware and Glasses - and How to Keep Them
  • Food Recipes - with Flavoured Schnapps
  • Vodka Sauce Recipe - with Chili Schnapps
  • Making Liqueurs

Greetings from Denmark.

Since my last newsletter I have added the following five new pages to my website...

Stemware and Glasses - and How to Choose
Most wine drinkers know that different styles of wines demand different types of stemware.

It seems like a pretension. But it's not. It's just a simple fact that wines taste different in differently shaped wine glasses.

Many wine glasses or stemware look very nice.

Unfortunately many of them have the wrong shape. They do nothing to retain or enhance the wonderful aromas of good wines.

Flavoured schnapps is no different from wines when it comes to suitable drinking glasses - they too require their own special glasses.

So ... when it's time to enjoy your carefully home made schnapps, you should really give a little thought to choosing the correct glass.

Crystal Stemware and Glasses - and How to Keep Them
Crystal stemware and glasses have - on a microscopic level - a coarser surface than ordinary glasses.

The coarser surface helps to release and enhance the special and wonderful aromas of red wine, white wine, champagne, schnapps, liqueurs, etc.

And that's one of the main reasons why crystal stemware and glasses are highly valued by most wine drinkers, and used in hotels and restaurants around the world.

However, a crystal glass is also softer and more delicate on the surface than an ordinary glass. Therefore it's easily scratched. Even dust can act as an abrasive and cause scratches.

It may also absorb smells from the surrounding area, for instance kitchen smell, cupboard smell or smell from a cardboard box.

So... to care for and preserve your crystal stemware and glasses there are certain general rules you should follow to keep your crystal stemware and glasses for many, many years.

Food Recipes - with Flavoured Schnapps
You can really enrich and intensify the flavours of your cooking ingredients, if you add a little alcohol to your dishes.

Depending on what kind of dish you are making you can use flavoured schnapps, liqueur, brandy, whisky, rum, tequila, wine, etc.

Herb flavoured schnapps is great to have at hand during winter time when it's difficult to get fresh herbs.

I usually make several batches during summer - basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, etc. - and add them to dishes where I would normally use fresh herbs.

The same with fruit and berry flavoured schnappses.

So far I have listed only two of my own favourite food recipes - Ice Cream with Thyme Schnapps, and Vodka Sauce with Chili Schnapps.

But whenever time permits I'll add many more recipes.

Vodka Sauce Recipe - with Chili Schnapps
This is one of my favourite vodka sauce recipes. It's hot, spicy, and very delicious.

Serve with pasta, for instance - sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and freshly chopped parsley.

I usually make this vodka sauce with Jalapeņo flavoured vodka - please see recipe no. 1 on my Chili Schnapps page. But you can use whatever chili flavoured vodka you want - mild, hot, or burning.

Making Liqueurs
A liqueur - also known as cordial - is an alcoholic beverage with a high sugar content and a variety of flavourings consisting of fruits, herbs, berries, spices, etc.

Liqueurs are wonderful to sip. Serve as after-dinner drink, with tea or coffee - or with a variety of cheeses, cheese cakes, fruit salads, ice creams, cakes, and desserts.

Homemade liqueurs make unique and personalized gifts. Add them to gift baskets, for instance - together with a variety of fine cheeses, crackers, and fresh fruit.

You can make wonderful liqueurs based on the schnapps recipes on this site by just adding a simple sugar syrup or other sweeteners to the schnapps - or schnapps blend.

To give additional body and smoothness to thinner liqueurs you can add pure glycerine.

Pure glycerine does not affect the colours or flavours of your liqueur.

Happy Schnappsing

All the best,
Vivi Labo

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