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Sweet Woodruff Schnapps

Sweet woodruff schnapps - based on fresh sweet woodruff leaves or flower buds - has a verdigris green colour, changing to light yellow after some time.

It has a fresh, aromatic and very enjoyable taste of woods and flowers.

Very good as appetizer - or turned into a liqueur.


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Use either fresh sweet woodruff leaves or flower buds.

Leaves: Pick the leaves - the top shoots - just before bloom. Or right after. That's when they are most aromatic.

Flower buds: Pick only the fully developed flower buds just before they start to open. Or right after.

You can dry the leaves in the shadow for a couple of days before steeping - but I don't recommend it.

The result is usually a very sweet schnapps - almost sickening.

That's because the active constituent coumarin is developed during the drying process.

Nevertheless, I know people who prefer their sweet woodruff schnapps made that way. So, I suggest you make just a little portion and taste if you like it.


  • Rinse the flower buds or leaves carefully - but only if necessary.

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

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

  • Fill the jar with flower buds or leaves.

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

  • Let steep in a dark place at room temperature,
    18-20°C (64-68°F).

    Flower buds: Steep 24 hours or less.

    Leaves: Steep 2-3 days or less.

    Dried leaves: Steep 2 weeks or less.

  • 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.

Your sweet woodruff schnapps is ready now. There is no need to store it - storage (aging) doesn't improve the flavours. On the contrary.

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 sweet woodruff 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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