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Liquorice (Licorice) Schnapps

Liquorice schnapps - based on dried liquorice roots - is mainly used to blend with other schnappses in order to...

  • enhance flavours of other schnappses

  • create new and interesting schnapps combinations

  • save a schnapps you are not satisfied with

In fact, a little liquorice is an important flavouring in many commercially produced spirits.

But certainly, you can also enjoy it on its own. It has a nice, sweetish and strong taste and flavours.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.

Liquorice schnapps blends very well with...


Use fresh, dried liquorice roots (sticks) of good quality.


  • Wash a couple of roots well and leave them to dry on a piece of paper towel - in the shadow.

  • Break them into smaller pieces and place them in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Cover with approx. 25 centiliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

  • Let steep for 1-7 days in a dark place at room temperature,
    18-20°C (64-68°F).
  • Don't steep for more than a week, or you will extract some bad-tasting constituents that will spoil the pure liquorice taste.

  • 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.

  • Store (age) for at least 1 month in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

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 liquorice 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.