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Cardamom Schnapps

Cardamom schnapps - based on dried, green cardamom seed pods - is a very aromatic schnapps with a sweet, characteristic, light pungent and warming taste. The colour is very light golden.

Serve with curries, duck, chicken, fish, sausages, rice, heavy meat dishes, desserts, and cakes.

Or use the schnapps in breads, cakes, desserts, pies, biscuits, pastries, jams, marmalades, jellies, barbecue sauces, meat and rice dishes, and other dishes where you would normally use cardamom.

Excellent as after-dinner drink, or added to coffee or tea.

Or turned into a liqueur.

You can also use the schnapps to enhance taste and flavours of weak-flavoured schnappses and liqueurs.

Cardamom schnapps blends very well with...



  • 10-15 dried green cardamom seed pods

  • 1 bottle (70 cl) of clear, neutral schnapps or vodka -  40% alcohol content (80 proof)
Dried, green cardamom seed pods


  • Put the seed pods into a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Add the clear, neutral schnapps or vodka.

  • Let steep for 2-3 days 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 schnapps into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Store (age) for a month or so in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your schnapps, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how.

Serve your cardamom schnapps or liqueur at room temperature in suitable glasses.

And remember to keep your bottle or decanter tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.