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Crowberry Schnapps

Crowberry schnapps - based on fresh, wild black crowberries - is one of the finest berry schnappses you can make. And it's one of my top favourites.

It has a strong and wonderful cherry-like taste and aroma. The colour is deep, deep red.

Serve with all types of cheese, cheesecakes and many desserts.

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

Blends very well with sweet gale schnapps.

Suggestion: Blend equal parts crowberry schnapps and sweet gale schnapps and store it for 3 months or more in a dark place at room temperature.


Use fresh, wild and fully ripe crowberries.

It doesn't matter if they are small, dry and shrivelled as they can be after a long and dry summer. You can just crush them before steeping.

But remember - steeping time is then a little shorter. So taste it from time to time.

Wild black crowberries on a stem with leaves.

It's very important that you leave the berries to dry for a couple of days in order to get rid of some small ticks which taste extremely awful.

The ticks will just leave their "home" once you start drying the berries.


  • Rinse the crowberries 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 the jar with berries.

  • Fill up with clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

  • Steep for 1-3 months or longer - 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 crowberry 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 completely during storage. For the better, I think. But it's a matter of taste.

Some prefer the young, fruity taste - while others prefer their crowberry schnapps after some storage when it has a much stronger aroma and taste of berries.

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 crowberry 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.