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Cranberry Schnapps

Cranberry schnapps - based on fresh, wild cranberries - has a wonderful, distinctive taste and flavour. It's strong and fruity with a beautiful red colour.

Serve with turkey and other poultry or add it to sauces. Also, it goes very well with ice cream and desserts.

Very good as after-dinner drink - or turned into a liqueur.

Cranberry schnapps blends very well with...


Red cranberries growing on a shrub.Small Cranberry - Vaccinium oxycoccus

Use fresh, wild and fully ripe cranberries. Pick them after the first frost.

If you pick them before you should leave them in the freezer for a couple of days - or a whole week - before steeping.

Remember to defrost the berries in the vodka.

If you defrost before steeping they will loose rather much of their flavours.


  • Rinse the cranberries carefully.

  • Leave them to dry in the shadow - on paper towel.

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

  • Fill 1/2 - 2/3 of the jar with whole berries.

  • Fill up with clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (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 cranberry schnapps after it has settled for a couple of days.

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 - while others prefer their cranberry schnapps after some 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 cranberry 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.