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Rosemary Schnapps

Rosemary schnapps - based on fresh rosemary sprigs - is strong, spicy, and very aromatic. But to most people, it's a little too overwhelming to be enjoyed on its own.

However, rosemary schnapps works excellent in many herbal schnapps blends.

And that's why this schnapps is one of my favourites.

Try for instance to blend it with...

Or try to make various combinations of some or all five schnappses.

You can also add a little melted honey if you like. It makes a fine schnapps.

Rosemary schnapps is a wonderful taste and flavour enhancer.

So use it in barbecue sauces, soups, stews, stuffings, salad dressings, herb butters, dips, teas, and dishes with lamb, veal, fish, chicken, venison meat, and duck. Or in any other dish, where you would normally use rosemary.

Or - use it to flambé various meat and fish dishes. It's just heavenly.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.



  • 5-6 fresh rosemary sprigs

  • 1 bottle (70 cl) of clear, neutral schnapps or vodka -  40% alcohol content (80 proof)
Rosemary Herb - Rosmarinus officinalis

Use only fresh rosemary sprigs.

Pick them in the morning after the dew has disappeared. That's when they are most aromatic.

If you buy fresh rosemary, do make sure the plant is really fresh - organic if possible - and free from spots and insect damage.

Handle the plant with care - fresh herbs bruise easily.

And use the sprigs as soon as possible to get the most flavour and aroma into your schnapps.


  • Clean the rosemary sprigs carefully - but only if necessary.

  • If wet - leave them to dry for a short period in the shadow - on paper towel.

  • Put the sprigs in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Add the clear, neutral schnapps or vodka.

  • Let steep for 1-2 weeks 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 schnapps into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid, and close the jar.

  • Store (age) for a couple of months in a dark place at room temperature before use.

Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your schnapps, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how

Serve your rosemary schnapps or liqueur at room temperature in suitable glasses.

And remember to keep your schnapps bottle or decanter tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.