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Rose Hip Schnapps

Rose hip schnapps - based on wild, beach rose hips - is a highly enjoyable schnapps. It has a sweet-acid taste with wonderful, aromatic flavours and fragrance.

Enjoy on its own - or serve with pie, ice cream, fruit salad, dessert, chicken, cheese and cheese cake.

Or add a little rose hip schnapps to your jam, marmalade, fruit sauce, chutney, sorbet, ice cream, cake, dessert, - or any other dish where you would normally use rose hips.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.

Blends very well with...


Red, ripe beach rose hips and flower on a bush.Beach Rose - Rosa rugosa

Use whole and fully ripe beach rose hips.

If they are not fully ripe your schnapps might gel at some point. That's because under-ripe rose hips contain much more pectin than the fully ripe ones.


  • Clean the rose hips carefully.

  • Leave them to dry in the shadow for a couple of days - on a piece of paper towel.

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

  • Fill 2/3 of the jar with whole rose hips.

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

  • Let steep for at least one month 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.

  • Store (age) for at least 2 months 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 rose hip 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. 


Liqueur making based on the schnapps recipes here on my site is easy. Just add a simple sugar syrup to your schnapps and store it for a while.
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You can create your very own and unique schnapps and liqueur blends by blending different alcohol infusions.
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If for some reason you are not satisfied with your schnapps, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours. 
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