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Rose Schnapps

Rose schnapps - based on flower buds from any highly fragrant garden rose or wild rose - is really delicious.

When just made you might find it too much scented. But after adequate dilution you get a schnapps that has great flavours and taste.

Rose schnapps blends very well with many flavoured schnappses based on...

  • roots

  • stems

  • leaves

See here how you can create your own schnapps blends.

Or try to add one or two drops to a glass of white wine or dry sparkling wine. Wonderful on a warm summer day.

Normally a flavoured schnapps should be enjoyed at room temperature, but with rose schnapps you can enjoy it lightly chilled, 8-10°C (46-50°F).

Serve with light foods or enjoy it on its own as an aperitif.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.


Red rose buds and green leaves.Rose - Rosa sp.

Use fresh and fully developed flower buds of any highly scented garden rose - or wild rose such as rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa), dog rose (Rosa canina) or burnet rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia).

Pick them in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

If wet - dry them in the shadow on a piece of paper towel.


  • Remove the green sepals with a sharp knife.

  • Put a couple of rose buds in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Cover with approx. 2-3 deciliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

  • Let steep for 1-3 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 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 schnapps lightly chilled 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. 
Click for more info