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Vanilla Schnapps

Vanilla schnapps - based on vanilla seed pods - is a sweet and very delicious schnapps with distinctive and rich flavours and aromas. It has a beautiful reddish golden colour.

Serve with ice cream, cheese, cheese cake, fruit salad, chocolate, coffee or tea.

Or add a little schnapps to your desserts, dessert sauces and dishes, where you would normally use vanilla.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.

Vanilla schnapps blends very well with...


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For best result, use only good quality vanilla seed pods.

The pods must have a rich taste and a strong aroma - have a thick, oily skin - and a lot of tiny seeds.

Both BourbonMexican and Tahitian seed pods are equally good to use. However, their flavours are different, so I suggest you experiment.

Don't use synthetic vanillin. It lacks the subtle flavour of pure, natural vanilla and cannot substitute it.


  • Use 3 vanilla pods.

  • Cut them lengthwise and scrape the seeds out. Then cut the pods in smaller pieces.

  • Put seeds and pods in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Add 70 centiliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% (80 proof).

  • Let steep for 1-3 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 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 vanilla 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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